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By Ed Rampell on March 23, 2015
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Muslim American comics are busy dispelling the notion that Islam is no fun.


By Ed Rampell on February 19, 2015

The cinematic surge of civil rights-related cinema has swept the eighth annual Progies, awarded by the James Agee Cinema Circle to the year’s Best Progressive films and filmmakers. Image credit: Duly Noted/Homegrown Pictures


By Ed Rampell on February 18, 2015
Protestors hold sign reading, "Just because it's 'Christian Grey' doesn't make the abuse okay."

Sadomasochists, maoists, fundamentalists, and anti-porn feminists picket 'Fifty Shades of Grey.' Image credit: Stop Patriarchy


By Ed Rampell on February 11, 2015
Protestors hold a sign reading "Illegal and immoral war are not heroic."

“It’s important for people of conscience to be critical of the ways Hollywood perpetuates war and racism, quite frankly, through film." Image credit: Ed Rampell


By Ed Rampell on January 12, 2015
Image credit: Ashley Nguyen/Roadside Attractions

The James Agee Cinema Circle of film critics, historians, and scholars has announced its nominations for the eighth annual Progie Awards, recognizing 2014’s best progressive films and filmmakers. Image credit: Ashley Nguyen/Roadside Attractions


By Ed Rampell on December 24, 2014
Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

At a time when police brutality against black Americans is making headlines, the feature film Selma highlights and commemorates the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” one of the most violent incidents of police abuse of power during the entire Civil Rights movement. Image credit: Paramount Pictures.


By Ed Rampell on December 23, 2014
Former CIA agent Bob Baer. Image credit: Kevin Toolis.

Since leaving the CIA Baer has become an outspoken commentator on intelligence-related matters in various venues, including CNN as its national security affairs analyst. Image credit: Kevin Toolis.


By Ed Rampell on November 16, 2014

Celebrities honor Howard Zinn's memory in an evening of powerful readings. Image credit: Ed Rampell



By Ed Rampell on October 31, 2014

This Halloween movie will scare anyone who cares about news.



By Ed Rampell on October 24, 2014

Thirty years after the title year of George Orwell’s “1984,” the Oscar-worthy “Citizenfour” features a real-life modern-day Winston Smith.




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Dylan, a new short film by Emmy award-winning filmmaker director Elizabeth Rohrbaugh based on her interviews with...

The Progressive's December 2001 cover depicts a row of NSA agents whose computer screens say, "He's Got Mail!"

The Patriot Act's sweeping phone surveillance programs are finally illegal, but some of the issues addressed in Nat...

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“The key to success is not how many people we put in, but how many we keep from coming back."

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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