Stephen C. Webster

Stephen C. Webster is The Progressive's web editor and director of our online operations. He previously spent five years as senior editor for The Raw Story, helping to grow the publication from 50,000 monthly readers to a 5 million reader powerhouse. His work has been cited in publications like The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Think Progress, Wired and Time, among others. Before making it in the national press, Webster put in four years with The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, then moved on to The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly and Austin Monthly. He joined The Progressive in 2013. Follow him on Twitter @StephenCWebster.

An Iraq War veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) became the first American to purchase "legal" marijuana on Wednesday morning.


During a speech about criminal justice reform earlier this month at the annual American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conference, anti-government crusader Grover Norquist compared criminals to fish caught in a net and exclaimed that he would like to see America revive the practice of beheading convicted killers.

Senator Bernie Sanders ripped into his Republican counterparts during an MSNBC appearance on Friday for their refusal to extend unemployment benefits, reminding viewers that the GOP is destroying hundreds of thousands of jobs and threatening the recovery by tearing regular income away from 1.3 million American families.

Edible product manufacturer McDonald's nixed an employee resources website this week after its content repeatedly became the source of ridicule on the Internet.

In a surprise Christmas message aired Wednesday night on Britain's Channel 4, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden reminded citizens of countries around the world that if there's something the government wants to know about them, it's always easier to ask than spy.

An extensive fact-finding journey by our friends at PolitiFact Wisconsin appears to have settled the debate over whether union-loving Wisconsin protesters ever put Governor Scott Walker's life in danger during a La Crosse event in February 2011, as the governor claims in his new book, "Unintimidated."

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday in favor of women's rights advocates in Wisconsin, who sued over a Republican-sponsored law that would force abortion doctors to hold hospital admitting privileges, making abortions nearly impossible to obtain in the state for a period of weeks or months.

The Obama Administration announced Friday that it would scrap the individual mandate to purchase health care insurance for people with policies that were canceled, putting a major crack in the president's signature legislative achievement.

Though Obama's decision represents an admission of defeat, it also represents a chance for Democrats to regroup and ultimately win the discussion by going in a completely new direction.


The world's first space-faring humanoid robot has taken up residency on the International Space Station, and it turns out the little guy is feeling quite chatty.


The New Mexico Supreme Court issued a historic ruling Thursday that legalizes same sex marriages throughout the state.


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Trump's politics are not the problem.

The fiery Milwaukee Sheriff is on the shortlist to head the Department of Homeland Security.

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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