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A revolution came to Washington in the wee hours of Saturday morning, just after the stroke of midnight. After 15 years of congressional deference to mass surveillance, Congress finally took...

Legislators across the country are launching a mean-spirited campaign to block poor people from purchasing certain kinds of foods, products or services.

In the Dirty Harry movies of the '70s and '80s, Clint Eastwood shot up the bad guys with his over-the-top Smith and Wesson that he often growled was “the most powerful handgun in the...

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Don’t look now, but there’s something creepy coming toward you, and it wants to take over your public school system.

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By Shahid Buttar on May 27, 2015
Senator Mitch McConnell

A revolution came to Washington in the wee hours of Saturday morning, just after the stroke of midnight. After 15 years of congressional deference to mass surveillance, Congress finally took action—ironically, by failing to take action—and did its job to check and balance executive power.

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By David A. Love on May 27, 2015
A little girl pays for groceries using EBT tokens

Legislators across the country are launching a mean-spirited campaign to block poor people from purchasing certain kinds of foods, products or services.

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By Jud Lounsbury on May 26, 2015
Beretta 9mm handgun

In the Dirty Harry movies of the '70s and '80s, Clint Eastwood shot up the bad guys with his over-the-top Smith and Wesson that he often growled was “the most powerful handgun in the world.”  

Dirty Harry's gun was much bigger (.45 caliber) than the .38 special revolvers used by the vast majority of police officers at the time. However, the .38 fired the same way—requiring the hammer be pulled back each time between shots—and could only fire six shots before it had to be reloaded. 

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By Maya Dukmasova on May 26, 2015
Torn photo-style image of young black man victimized by police violence, on black and white background

Police brutality did not start or end with Burge, and in communities of color there is a long history of organized protests and creative responses to this phenomenon.

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By Mark Fiore on May 22, 2015

Jeb Bush has performed a valuable service with his recent missteps and flubs, he’s reminded the world of the baggage he willingly carries.

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By Ruth Conniff on May 21, 2015
Scott Walker reads a Dr. Suess book to children

In a dramatic, late-night hearing on Tuesday, four outraged Democrats on the Joint Finance Committee confronted twelve impassive Republicans, demanding that they explain how the state, after making massive cuts to funding for public education over the last several years, could afford to pay private-school tuition for families who choose school vouchers.

By Peter Greene on May 19, 2015
Young student looks sadly at camera from classroom

Charter fans brag about their successes. They tell the starfish story. They will occasionally own that their successes are, in fact, about selecting out the strivers, the winners, the students who are, in fact, their own children and allowing them to rise. And it is no small thing that many students have had an opportunity to rise in a charter setting.

But I worry about the ballast.

By Kate Clinton on May 15, 2015

When you think about it, rich people are the biggest hoarders ever.

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By Mark Fiore on May 15, 2015

After a little smack-down by the Senate, the Most Transparent Administration Ever is still trying to push through the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the Most Transparent Way Possible.

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Senator Mitch McConnell

A revolution came to Washington in the wee hours of Saturday morning, just after the stroke of midnight. After 15...

A little girl pays for groceries using EBT tokens

Legislators across the country are launching a mean-spirited campaign to block poor people from purchasing certain...

Cartoon of a monster in a classroom

Don’t look now, but there’s something creepy coming toward you, and it wants to take over your public school system...

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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