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  • Reply to: The Carolina Coup and the Fight for Public Education   2 years 2 months ago

    As a former teacher of over 30 years I have seen the destruction of Public Education first hand .
    In the 70s it was let the children do as they wish . If Johnny walks out of class it's the teachers fault . Then teachers received the blame for the falling grades .
    Now it's the teachers fault that the corporate Common Core doesn't work . It fails because it is insane . It succeeds because it makes billions for big corporations who are there for profit and nothing else . Every society has eventually fallen apart . It is now obvious that we are on our way

  • Reply to: Doctor on Call   2 years 2 months ago
    Keep healin' Rupa!
  • Reply to: It Can Happen Here   2 years 2 months ago
    *Trump's unresolved conflicts of interest​ and​ related national security​ issues​ we ignore at our peril.*   Resolve them before the Congressional election certification to preserve democracy from kleptocracy and national sovereignty!    The Dec. 16 document "The Emoluments Clause: Its Text, Meaning, And Application to Donald J. Trump" by Eisen, Painter, and Tribe is at  http://www.commoncause.org/democracy-wire/trump-conflicts-of-interest-may-violate-emoluments-clause.html     The comments section includes:  1)  Statements on Dec. 21 and Jan. 1 calling to delay the Jan. 6 election certification 2)  *Jan. 2 letter to Trump from 12 orgs. plus individuals about Trump's conflicts of interest and the Emoluments Clause*  3)  3 lists of hyperlinked articles about Trump's conflicts of interest and related national security issues  4) 16 hyperlinked newspaper editorials arguing for a blind trust  5)  4 videos of ​Mr. Painter​ and Mr. Eisen describing the meaning and significance of the Emoluments​ ​Clause  6)  2 websites about the Trump-Russia-Putin ties  7)  A list of possible reasons WHY Trump is stonewalling on tax returns and the blind trust 
  • Reply to: McCarthyism: Then and Now   2 years 2 months ago
    It is a bit useless to boycott private business and their product, the financial system is a separate non-entity, creativity should be dealt with objectively. That's why we have etsy. Lol. The uselessness though, that is pejorative
  • Reply to: McCarthyism: Then and Now   2 years 2 months ago
    One commonality between Trump and McCarthy is of course Ray Cohn.
  • Reply to: McCarthyism: Then and Now   2 years 2 months ago
    Oh man, I am so old I remember this on t.v.......same old stuff, all over again with Trump and his Nazi gang. Yep.
  • Reply to: It Can Happen Here   2 years 2 months ago
    For decades US democracy was accurately defined as 'The rule of the 1% for the 1% by the 1 %'. There is in fact little democracy in 'Representative Democracy' . And you won't get far in building a political movement that sets out to restore something which never existed in the first place.
  • Reply to: U.S. Bases in Colombia Rattle the Region   2 years 2 months ago
    If this worries leftist government in the region, this is indeed a good thing then.
  • Reply to: McCarthyism: Then and Now   2 years 2 months ago
    Hold on. Are progressives saying it is wrong to call for boycotts of private businesses in protest of their public actions? Or do you change your policy depending on who's doing the protesting?
  • Reply to: Ode to the Pundits   2 years 2 months ago
    All the best to my friends at The Progressive. May you have a happy and prosperous New Year.

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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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