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By Ed Rampell on October 15, 2014

The most racially charged movie in 25 years will be released this week. The movie makers talk to The Progressive about America's race problems.


By Ed Rampell on October 09, 2014

Top ten films about Che Guevara


By Ed Rampell on August 31, 2014

Here, for Labor Day, are the top ten working class hero movies of all time.



By Ed Rampell on August 08, 2014

On the fortieth anniversary of Nixon's resignation, CNN is airing the documentary "Our Nixon"


By Ed Rampell on July 31, 2014

This is the 50th anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, when U.S. destroyers and North Vietnamese patrol boats supposedly clashed repeatedly in international waters on August 2-4, 1964, off the coast of Vietnam. The alleged series of attacks led Congress to pass the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution on August 7, fatefully setting the stage for a U.S.


By Ed Rampell on May 05, 2014

Author Nomi Prins is a “class traitor.” She worked as a managing director at Goldman Sachs, as a Lehman Brothers strategist, and as a Chase Manhattan Bank analyst.



By Ed Rampell on February 28, 2014

Great Movies You Won't Hear About at the Academy Awards



By Ed Rampell on February 27, 2014

he harrowing new documentary "Kids for Cash" is, among other things, a cautionary tale about where privatization leads.


By Ed Rampell on February 26, 2014

I'm antiwar, but for some reason I love good war movies, especially ones about World War II.


By Ed Rampell on February 25, 2014

On Valentine's Day I was part of a panel discussion about Hollywood's global influence for the Al Jazeera TV program "Empire" with filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad.





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A plea to United States citizens to work for peace

An Indian journalist globally renowned as an advocate for the poor, Palagummi Sainath detailed the detrimental...

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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