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.

Police searches of mobile phone data have skyrocketed during President Barack Obama's time in office, roughly doubling in just the last five years, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reported Monday.

Wisconsin state Senator Kathleen Vinehout was involved in a car wreck Sunday morning en route to Milwaukee, a member of her staff told The Progressive.


Scott Walker's swift punt this week of a staffer who published racist rants on a social media account over two years ago should send chills right up the spines of all the folks who have dedicated significant time working for his reelection campaign.

Appearing on Fox News Thursday night, former Senator Rick Santorum insisted that Nelson Mandela's struggle against the South African apartheid regime is similar to the Republican Party's opposition to Obamacare.

A Fox News radio host came up with an inventive way to resurrect the network's imaginary "War on Christmas" this week, putting the administration of an unassuming Georgia elementary school at the epicenter of the right's favorite culture clash narrative.

House Republicans have finally found a piece of gun control legislation they can support, voting overwhelmingly on Tuesday for a 10-year extension of the nation's plastic gun ban.

By this time next week, the world will get a glimpse of what it means when a whole country fully legalizes the consumption of marijuana by consenting adults.


MSNBC host Chuck Todd ripped into President Barack Obama's signature legislative accomplishment on Sunday, telling a panel on "Meet the Press" that the health care website's glitches represent "an indictment on the whole idea of government as a solution."


In a remarkable turn of events, the new Iranian president has released his own version of the "Yes We Can" ad, complete with the black-and-white grainy filters, guitar-strumming, singing and all.


A new report out Monday starkly contradicts the National Rifle Association's assertion that violent video games were a significant factor behind the Newtown massacre last December.



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The new head of the Environmental Protection has a history of suing the agency for trying to do its job.

The reach of this story extends from the lowliest working stiff to the highest court in the land.

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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