Amitabh Pal

Managing Editor

Amitabh Pal is the Managing Editor of The Progressive. He writes on a variety of subjects, ranging from peace issues and economics to immigrant communities and the media. He is the author of "Islam" Means Peace: Understanding the Muslim Principle of Nonviolence Today (Praeger, 2011).

Pal has interviewed for The Progressive such personalities as the Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, Jimmy Carter, Joseph Stiglitz, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize-winners Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkol Karman, 2004 Nobel Peace laureate Wangari Maathai, 2003 Nobel Peace Prize-winner Shirin Ebadi, Nobel laureate Mairead Maguire, former German Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor Joschka Fischer, economist John Kenneth Galbraith, musician A.R. Rahman, writer Mohsin Hamid, activist Randall Robinson, and Gene Sharp, perhaps the most influential proponent of nonviolent action alive.

In addition to his role as the Managing Editor, Pal is the co-editor of the Progressive Media Project, an affiliate of The Progressive that sends out op-eds through the McClatchy wire service to hundreds of newspapers in the United States and other countries. Pal's op-eds have been published by dozens of newspapers, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, Houston Chronicle, Miami Herald, and the Toronto Star.

Pal has appeared on C-SPAN and BBC and television and radio stations all over the United States and abroad. His articles have been published in school and college textbooks in the United States and Australia.

Pal teaches a course on media and social ethics at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. He has a Master's in Journalism from the University of North Carolina and a Master's in Political Science from North Carolina State University.

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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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