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By Jim Hightower on June 18, 2014

If one obscure college professor dies, does it make any difference? If you’re Margaret Mary Vojtko, the answer is yes.

Margaret Mary died last summer at age eighty-three, and her death has turned her name into a rallying cry for adjunct college teachers who are seeking justice from their schools.

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By Jim Hightower on April 15, 2014

The Texas Senator tries yet again to make himself into a human monkey wrench.

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By Jim Hightower on February 25, 2014

What's the matter with the post office?

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By Jim Hightower on February 24, 2014

This might be the 1 percent's worst ambassador yet.

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By Jim Hightower on February 19, 2014

Pity the billionaires. It's a tough world up there.

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By Jim Hightower on February 18, 2014

This Kansas Republican must be feeling a bit like Dorothy in 'The Wizard of Oz.'

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By Jim Hightower on February 14, 2014

Note to PepsiCo: There's nothing 'natural' about Cheetos.

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By Jim Hightower on February 13, 2014

Just when you thought the über-rich couldn't get any more narcissistic or nutty...

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By Jim Hightower on February 11, 2014

You know what America needs? More jobs, that's what.

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By Jim Hightower on February 10, 2014

Rick Perry in Davos: Even more amazing, Governor "Oops" was on the conference health care panel.

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Starting on July 28, 1914, a month after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, a series of European powers...

ALEC holds its 41st annual meeting in Dallas, Texas starting on Wednesday, July 30, 2014.

The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) poses as an independent science-based organization devoted to...

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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