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.

President Obama's breakthrough on the Iranian nuclear program should be welcomed by everyone, and yet top Republicans spent Monday insisting that the Administration is just trying to "wag the dog."

At a breakfast hosted by The Christian Science Monitor on Friday, Wisconsin's controversial Republican governor told a crowd that he's not particularly worried that his relentless attacks on women's rights might harm his reelection efforts.

Hawaii State Representative Tom Brower, a Democrat, says he's "tired" of trying to pass laws restricting the rights of houseless people, so he's taken it upon himself to literally smash what few possessions they have left. With a sledgehammer.

A group of Texas conservatives announced Monday that its members plan to stage a game they're calling "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" on Wednesday at the University of Texas in Austin.

George Zimmerman, the acquitted killer of Trayvon Martin, was arrested Monday for allegedly battering his girlfriend and pointing a shotgun at her.


Appearing on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker refused to say whether he would serve out a full second term if he's reelected next year.


Grammy-winning singer and jazz musician Esperanza Spalding released a music video on Monday that she hopes will inspire viewers to call their members of Congress and tell them to shut down the Guantanamo Bay military prison launched by the Bush Administration at the height of its terror war.

Appearing on MSNBC's "The Ed Show" Thursday night, The Progressive's editor Ruth Conniff broke down the reasons why Sarah Palin and the tea party seem to be feeling threatened by Pope Francis these days.


A study published Wednesday by a Stanford University professor carries a surprising finding: People in Republican-dominated states are very eager to tackle climate change -- in some cases, even more so than those in traditionally Democratic strongholds.

Sarah Palin and the tea party might be agog over Pope Francis's allegedly liberal bent, but if this week's news is any indication, they haven't seen anything yet.


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The movie crosscuts between the desperate newcomers and longtime Italian inhabitants, who lead simple lives.

It is unacceptable to send our students to deficient schools and expect taxpayers to continue funding those schools...

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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