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By Matthew Rothschild on June 30, 2014

Justice Alito granted corporations religious liberties.


By Matthew Rothschild on June 30, 2014

The conservatives seemed intent on destroying the union shop, but made a narrow ruling, instead.



By Matthew Rothschild on June 25, 2014

Here's why the No-Fly List violates the Fifth Amendment.



By Matthew Rothschild on June 07, 2014

Less than 24 hours after same-sex marriage became legal in Wisconsin, there was jubilation in the air outside the city-county building in Madison, Wisconsin.


By Matthew Rothschild on June 04, 2014

After the Seattle city council unanimously passed an ordinance raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next few years, labor supporters in Seattle and around the country hailed it as a huge victory.

“The message is clear,” said the Seattle grassroots group 15 Now ( “We can take on big business and win!  In Seattle alone, raising the minimum wage to $15 will put an additional $3 billion into the pockets of low-wage workers over the next decade.”



By Matthew Rothschild on June 02, 2014


The Supreme Court just refused to hear an appeal by James Risen, The New York Times reporter who has asserted his reporter’s privilege not to testify about a source. As a result, he could be cited for contempt of court and then jailed.

“I will continue to fight,” Risen said in a statement.

But it’s unclear what his options are, just as it’s unclear what the Obama Administration will do.


By Matthew Rothschild on May 30, 2014

Sen. Bernie Sanders, chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, reacted with sadness to the news that Eric Shinseki resigned from his post as head of the VA.

"Secretary Shinseki is an American hero who courageously served his country in war, rose to be the Army chief of staff and has dedicated his distinguished career to helping his fellow soldiers and veterans," said Sanders in a statement. "I am sad that he resigned."



By Matthew Rothschild on May 29, 2014

“Regional aggression that goes unchecked—whether in southern Ukraine or the South China Sea ... could draw in our military.”


By Matthew Rothschild on May 22, 2014

It sure sounds like Michael Kinsley, the supposedly "liberal" pundit (at least vis-a-vis a Buchanan or Safire), prefers an Office of Censorship.


By Matthew Rothschild on May 19, 2014

The Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan won a lenient sentence in court today.




In his latest ad buy, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker attacks his Democratic opponent Mary Burke for making millions...


By Josh Healey

Gaza is a shtetl. The Israeli army are cossacks. Palestinians are my...

The IMF and the World Bank may finally have a rival.

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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