Stories by contributor

By Contributor on August 02, 2014

To mark the birthday of James Baldwin, we are reprinting one of his most famous articles published in The Progressive magazine in December 1962.

Section: 

Topics: 

By Contributor on July 31, 2014

I’m at my third American Exchange Legislative Council (ALEC) conference, this time in Dallas, and on my first day, there were some things I had come to expect...

Section: 

By Contributor on July 28, 2014

Starting on July 28, 1914, a month after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, a series of European powers declared war on each other, and by August 4, 1914, World War I had broken out.

Section: 

By Contributor on July 24, 2014

President Obama signed an executive order on July 21 prohibiting federal contractors from engaging in employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Section: 

By Contributor on July 22, 2014

On July 10, 2014, in New York State, Judge David Gideon sentenced Mary Anne Grady Flores to a year in prison and fined her $1,000 for photographing a peaceful demonstration at the U.S. Air National Guard's 174th Attack Wing at Hancock Field (near Syracuse) where weaponized Reaper drones are remotely piloted in lethal flights over Afghanistan.

Section: 

By Contributor on July 21, 2014

 

By Josh Healey

Gaza is a shtetl. The Israeli army are cossacks. Palestinians are my brothers.

Gaza is a ghetto. The Israeli army are LAPD. Palestinians are my sisters.

Gaza is a prison. The Israeli army is the warden. Palestinians are my family.

Israelis are my family. We are all family, all peoples of the book. Hebrew is Arabic with more sarcasm. A hijab is a babushka with more flavor. I am not anti-Semitic, because we are all Semites. I love my people. I love all people. I love justice. This is not justice.

Section: 

Topics: 

By Contributor on July 20, 2014

The immigration rights activist says the issue is not one left or right, but right or wrong.

Section: 

Topics: 

By Contributor on July 18, 2014

We need to provide refuge for the children arriving from Central America.

Section: 

By Contributor on July 17, 2014

The decision by NBA player LeBron James to leave the Miami Heat and return home to the Cleveland Cavaliers speaks well about him and holds lessons for us all.

Section: 

By Contributor on July 14, 2014

In this 1992 interview with The Progressive, the Nobel Prize-winner in Literature, who passed away on July 13, shared her insights on life, literature, politics—and more.

Section: 

Pages

More

Subscribe to The Progressive and Get A Free 2015 Calendar

Darren Wilson is free to go back to his job policing the citizens of Ferguson, if he wants. Michael Brown is dead...

News agencies reported Saturday morning that weeks ago President Obama signed an order, kept secret until now, to...

Editor's note: This contribution by the late journalist I.F. Stone first appeared in our January 1975 magazine.

By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.


Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

Public School Shakedown

Progressive Media Project

Newsletter