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By Contributor on April 19, 2014

"I’ve lived long enough to see the triumph of zealots and absolutists, to watch money swallow politics, to witness the rise of the corporate state,” said Bill Moyers, who turns eighty in June, one of the most prolific and influential figures in American journalism.

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By Contributor on April 19, 2014

It's too soon to rule out the strongest Democratic ticket Texas has seen in decades.

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By Contributor on April 19, 2014

Cliven Bundy, whose hundreds of supporters, including armed supporters, recently won a standoff with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) along Highway 15 in southern Nevada, doesn’t look like Bill Murray, but his scene strongly reminds me of Groundhog Day.

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By Contributor on April 16, 2014

By José Miguel Leyva

Jeb Bush’s recent compassionate comments on immigration show how far apart he is from the far right of the Republican Party.

At an event at the George H. W. Bush presidential library, the former Florida governor showed sympathy for people who come to the United States illegally.

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By Contributor on April 16, 2014

By Harvey Wasserman

The authoritative Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has left zero doubt that we humans are wrecking our climate.

It also effectively says the problem can be solved, and that renewable energy is the way to do it, and that nuclear power is not.

The United Nations’ IPCC is the world’s most respected authority on climate.

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By Contributor on April 11, 2014

A federal judge made a serious error recently in throwing out an important case about whether the U.S. government can kill U.S. citizens abroad without due process.

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By Contributor on April 11, 2014

The Fort Hood tragedy shows that the Army has not done enough to deal with the scourge of mental illness.

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By Contributor on April 04, 2014

Black students, including preschoolers, are suspended and expelled at three times the rate of white students. Black and Latino students tend to have teachers who are lower paid and less experienced.

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By Contributor on April 03, 2014

Tea Party candidates had a mixed showing in spring elections across in the country. In one snapshot race in a Wisconsin county that voted 52% to 46% in favor of Barack Obama in 2012, the Tea Party's candidate for mayor was walloped, 70% to 30%.

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By Contributor on March 26, 2014

If right-wing America had set out to design a Supreme Court case that combined all of its political fetishes, it could not have done better than to come up with Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. v. Sebelius.

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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).


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