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    Mr. Franziger Barrett, thank you.
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    NYT Steven Greenhouse is tweeting this story.
  • Reply to: It Can Happen Here   2 years 2 weeks ago
    The DNC still doesn't GET IT. The DNC moved right and became NEO-LIBERALS. This is why we have a dirty old man in charge. Plus, the DNC = HUBRIS. And now the DNC is crying. DUH?????? The DNC forgot about their base - people who actually do work, not those weasles who fund their taudry campaigns.
  • Reply to: Five Truths About Charter Schools   2 years 2 weeks ago

    Progressives should get in front of charter schooling so as to alter its logics against the powerful privatization movement, rather than engage in the losing battle of trying to get rid of them. The public likes and wants a more decentralized educational system. The knee jerk response to charters by groups like NAACP and AFT end up defending a broken status quo. Why not work to fix and regain PUBLIC control of charters and put them to work for progressive ends.

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    Beautiful. Someone give this Rupa a magic wand.
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    It doesn't answer anything. No fact checking, no experiment, no argument, no prove. It's just a skeptical comment without solution.
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    Trump does have enough digits to handle a pen. And a phone. Are you starting to regret the precedent of Obama's unconstitutional expansion of presidential powers yet?
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    "...releasing information that damaged the Democrats..." is a rather disingenuous way of saying "releasing candid conversations showing what important Democrats really think". Progressives should be outraged by the way they sandbagged Bernie.
  • Reply to: De-Obamafication   2 years 2 weeks ago
    Such a shame that some of the progress Obama made will be watered down in a deliberate effort to "stick it to the man"
  • Reply to: The Carolina Coup and the Fight for Public Education   2 years 2 weeks ago

    Strange. A major problem in electing a communist government, when communism was alive and well, was that it was always the last election. Democracy disappeared when the communists were elected and the opposition became "enemies of the state." The Republicans appear to be following the same course. Will America become a one party state?

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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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