Rebecca Kemble

By Rebecca Kemble on February 26, 2014

As the unethical and possibly illegal behavior of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his administration comes under public scrutiny with the release of documents relating to the first John Doe investigation, the creativity of citizens who have maintained a three-year vigil in the Wisconsin State Capitol against Walker's policies has flourished.

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By Rebecca Kemble on February 06, 2014

Over 100 people showed up to the Solidarity Sing Along in the Wisconsin Capitol on Thursday to celebrate a ruling by Dane County Judge John Markson that declared Governor Scott Walker's plot to have his critics arrested "unconstitutional on its face."

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By Rebecca Kemble on January 28, 2014

Last week, Governor Scott Walker stood before a joint session of the Wisconsin State Legislature and announced that he intends to slash the tax bills of Wisconsin's wealthiest citizens and create an investment program that helps usher school children and people with disabilities into low wage jobs.

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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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