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By Contributor on October 23, 2014

By Julia Burke
Ali Abd ElRahman believes the United States has the potential to take a leadership role in food sovereignty issues worldwide.


By Contributor on October 22, 2014

A plea to United States citizens to work for peace

By Contributor on October 19, 2014

By: Ed Morales

Things got heated at breakfast at the Coronado Bay Hotel in San Diego at this year’s annual conference of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials. Cristóbal Alex, head of the liberal nonprofit Latino Victory Project, tangled with his rightwing counterpart, Daniel Garza, president of a group called the Libre Initiative, at the breakfast plenary. Both men were raised in Texas by immigrant Mexican workers, but that’s where their similarities end.



By Contributor on October 19, 2014

John Nichols on the luckiest break Democrats have had in the 2014 election cycle...



By Contributor on October 09, 2014

Lennon would be 74 today. A look back at the Beatle and activist through film.



By Contributor on October 08, 2014

Mexico tribunal takes up the plight of migrants made worse by NAFTA.


By Contributor on October 07, 2014

Rightwing groups are not content with overturning public employee labor rights with Act 10 in Wisconsin--they are suing to stamp out the handful of local teachers' union contracts in the state.


By Contributor on September 30, 2014

The Koch brothers get their money's worth in gift to United Negro College Fund.


By Contributor on September 29, 2014

A fun event ridiculed reactionaries and upheld women's reproductive rights.


By Contributor on September 26, 2014

By Jenni Dye

Is thinking that I should be paid the same as a man if I do the same work a radical, anti-business threat?




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By Julia Burke
Ali Abd ElRahman believes the United States has the potential to take a leadership role in food...

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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