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By Ruth Conniff on October 23, 2014

From a puny real-estate deal to campaign finance scandals, Walker's stench is in the air.


By Ruth Conniff on October 15, 2014

By Ruth Conniff

On Tuesday, in a phone call with reporters four days after the first debate in the Wisconsin governor’s race, Mary Burke pushed back against Scott Walker’s record on jobs and schools.

Burke called for what she described as a “fair shot” economy for Wisconsin workers and students.


By Ruth Conniff on October 09, 2014

A new voter ID law that could disenfranchise as many as 300,000 Wisconsinites just days before the November election was blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court.


By Ruth Conniff on October 09, 2014

To defeat Scot Walker, the Democrats need to do more to overcome the Voter ID hurdle.


By Ruth Conniff on September 23, 2014

After the voter ID ruling, progressives try to reclaim politics for ordinary people

By Ruth Conniff on September 11, 2014

Thirteen years after 9/11 we have come full circle.


By Ruth Conniff on August 31, 2014

Wisconsin workers face a lousy jobs picture this Labor Day.


By Ruth Conniff on August 20, 2014

There's been a flood of local news stories in recent months about FBI raids on charter schools all over the country.


By Ruth Conniff on August 18, 2014

Join The Progressive on a shocking tour of Milwaukee voucher schools.


By Ruth Conniff on August 05, 2014

The Republican candidate for governor in Illinois is a billionaire who hid his assets in the Cayman Islands to avoid paying taxes and brags that he is part of the "0.01 percent."




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

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At a time when most Americans agree that the country has too...

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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