By The Progressive on January 27, 2014

MADISON, WISCONSIN -- The Progressive, one of the nation's oldest political magazines, is pleased to announce that former Raw Story investigative reporter Larisa Alexandrovna has joined our ranks, emerging from four years of retirement to blog exclusively for our website.

"Larisa is the reporter who first revealed the location of a CIA black site during the Bush Administration, uncovered the political prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, and exposed the shady dealings of Karl Rove's electioneers," Progressive editor in chief Ruth Conniff explains in the February 2014 edition of the magazine, on newsstands now. "Her new blog will be hosted exclusively on The Progressive's website. We are sure you will find her insights on the news an important part of your daily read."

Larisa joins The Progressive at a time of great change for the magazine. In addition to a greater emphasis on investigative reporting moving forward, The Progressive will soon have an entirely remade website featuring a slate of progressive writers and activists known and loved by readers across the country and around the world. And that's just scratching the surface of what we've got planned.

"We're thrilled Larisa has decided to reemerge at The Progressive after personal and health reasons forced her to step away from writing for so long," explained web editor Stephen C. Webster, a longtime colleague of Larisa's at The Raw Story who came to the magazine last October to oversee the publication's online transition. "Larisa brings an investigative edge to our publication that should send a clear message about the direction we are heading, and she could not have arrived at a more crucial time. This is just one of many big changes that readers can expect over the next few months from our 105-year-old magazine."

Larisa's first story for The Progressive, "Welcome to the American Plutocracy," is available now.

"The Progressive is one of the oldest and most respected publications in the country," Larisa said. "Its writers have included legends such as Helen Keller, Upton Sinclair and Martin Luther King, Jr. I can think of no better venue to end my four year writing hiatus for."

The Progressive, founded in 1909 by Senator Robert "Fighting Bob" La Follette, is a nonprofit, union-made magazine based out of Madison, Wisconsin. Over the years, it has featured writers like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., George Orwell, Senator Paul Wellstone, Senator George McGovern, Senator Russ Feingold, Barbara Erenreich, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Molly Ivins and hundreds more.

For more information, visit Progressive.org, follow @TheProgressive on Twitter, or contact editor Ruth Conniff at (608) 257-4626.

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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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