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By Rebecca Kemble on February 09, 2015
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

As of this writing Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has yet to formally declare his bid for President in 2016, but that hasn’t stopped him from campaigning for it. Arguably, he’s been campaigning for President ever since winning his first election for Governor in 2010.


By Rebecca Kemble on January 23, 2015
MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver testifies against AB1

“My son and his school are not for sale,” said Peg Randall Gardner of Milwaukee, ten hours into a hearing on AB1, Wisconsin’s latest school privatization bill. “These are real children living real lives in the classrooms of our state, and it’s their future that this bill sells out,” she told the Committee on Education of the Wisconsin State Assembly at a public hearing on January 14.



By Rebecca Kemble on January 14, 2015
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker delivers his State of the State address.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker hit a new low in political theatre last night at his 2015 State of the State address. Image credit: Rebecca Kemble


By Rebecca Kemble on January 07, 2015
Activists hold up a black power fist in front of the Wisconsin State Capitol.

As Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and the Republican-dominated legislature took their oaths of office on Tuesday promising to extend their austerity and privatization agendas, a group of young Madison activists swore oaths as leaders in the struggle for human rights and justice for the black community. Image credit: Rebecca Kemble


By Rebecca Kemble on November 19, 2014

They've been seducing city governments for the past year. Image credit: Lyft


By Rebecca Kemble on October 14, 2014

During this week marked by Columbus Day, indigenous people show us the way forward.


By Rebecca Kemble on August 30, 2014

At a swank club in Madison, Walker supporters get an earful.


By Rebecca Kemble on August 27, 2014

The Gogebic Taconite company got what it wanted by throwing money around, with Walker's help.


By Rebecca Kemble on April 15, 2014

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker opened his 2014 reelection campaign this morning in typical fashion: at a campaign donor’s private business with a handpicked audience and select members of the press. Information about the location was not available to the public, nor was it made available to The Progressive, despite a request to the campaign for details of the event.



By Rebecca Kemble on March 07, 2014

Across the country, corporate profiteers are pushing legislation at the state level that would ban local governments from enacting ordinances that pay higher than the minimum wage. They don’t want local taxpayers to be allowed to ensure that workers are provided with a wage that enables them to meet their most basic needs.




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The problem is that Walker's simplistic childhood memories of Reagan don't come close to getting it right. Scott...

Activists hold sign supporting Net Neutrality

That’s right. We won. Image credit: dontblockmyinternet (Flickr)

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo recently vowed “to break” the “monopoly” of public education

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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