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  • Reply to: Obama’s Support for International Law Draws Bipartisan Ire   2 years 2 months ago
    Now that the election is over, Obama can do things he wouldn't have done before. That's because it would have hurt Democrats in the election, contrary to Zunes's assertions. It's been clear for a long time that The Progressive favors leaning on Israel as a way toward peace, but maybe the professor can tell us how the Palestinians will be any more likely to negotiate for peace after the UN gives them the disputed territories.
  • Reply to: Natural Burial: Bringing Death Back Down to Earth   2 years 2 months ago
    Thank you for this. As a newly certified Death Midwife (through Sacred Crossings) and NHFA member, I look forward to carrying forward this important work. I'm also spreading the good news about the best/greenest burial option yet: http://coeio.com/?src=cc & http://theforeverspot.com/?src=cc - for our pets!
  • Reply to: Christmas behind Prison Bars   2 years 2 months ago
    "How much we’re missing because we 'screwed up'"? Yeah, raping and killing a couple of young German tourists is a MAJOR screw-up. I hope you will use the holiday season and every other day to think about why you are there.
  • Reply to: Sources of Flint’s Water Disaster Run Deep   2 years 2 months ago
    All of this was known last summer but progressives latched onto the Republican governor as the culprit because all of the other actors were Democrats. Many municipalities controlled by Democrats have massive problems, but we're not supposed to link those, are we? Where is the Progressive article about all of the murders in Rahm Emanuel's Chicago over the Christmas holiday? If he were a Republican, I'd bet you'd hold him accountable.
  • Reply to: Betsy DeVos’s War on Public Schools   2 years 2 months ago
    David - you "use" a public school system every time you encounter a retail clerk or public employee who can (or can't) read and write, and every time you want to hire an employee with (or without) the basic skills of reading, writing, and arithmetic. Or encounter a citizen who is so woefully ignorant that they vote for obviously stupid things and people. Public schools are a vital part of our infrastructure.
  • Reply to: About The Progressive, Inc.   2 years 2 months ago
    Modern progressivism is an identity politics stew consisting of divergent groups that don’t always agree. What binds them together is a visceral hatred of Western civilization which they associate with white people, Christianity, capitalism, individual rights, and “the patriarchy” (men). They’ve shown great progress in vanquishing all of these things. The Left has an obsession with tearing down the status quo, a task it has been engaged in for more than two hundred years. Armed with rhetorical sledge hammers they go about smashing everything they see. Smash monogamy! Smash the patriarchy! Smash capitalism! Smash this! Smash that! Smashing is what they do best and for that the Left deserves to be called a demolition crew. IN OTHER WORD PROGRESSIVES CAN KISS MY ASS AND THEN LEAVE MY COUNTRY YOU INGRATES!
  • Reply to: Trying to Teach in the Age of Trump   2 years 2 months ago

    Thank you Mr Wilson! Sad to see that even on education sites you read ignorant garbage. As they say-keep doing what you doing. Intelligence will rule the day and so will change!

  • Reply to: Trying to Teach in the Age of Trump   2 years 2 months ago

    As an 8th grade ELA teacher in a suburban Chicago school at which Latino students make up nearly half of the population, I see kids worried every day about what will happen to their friends and family members, if not themselves, because of the president-elect, his administration, and his likely policies. I also have students whose first thoughts went to conversion therapy; what if that "becomes a thing again?" they asked me. The vocal fear has died down a little since the days after the election, but that doesn't mean it isn't there.

    I know it's cliche, but I go back to the Edmund Burke quote, "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good [people] to do noting." I do not use the word "evil" lightly, but I do believe the Trump administration continues to work toward its fulfillment. And I believe our jobs as teachers have never been more important.

    It's hard in the classroom, to try to remain neutral, but kids need to have been sleeping for four months to not know where I stand on these issues. So I continue to push conversations and debates about human rights and standing up for each other. We ALL have the right to live our lives with opportunity, dignity and freedom, not just those of us who are wealthy White men. That's why I am marching in Washington on January 21, and my kids know. They need to know I stand with them.

  • Reply to: The Trump Who Stole America   2 years 2 months ago
    Yeah, 2017 might seem weirder to progressives when Trump gets out his pen and phone and starts legislating from the White House as Obama did. Then you'll come to appreciate a Republican congress that will soften the rough edges. I look forward to the many articles to come on separation of powers and checks and balances. I hope you'll have the integrity to identify the trend as the inevitable result of Obama's overreach.
  • Reply to: The Carolina Coup and the Fight for Public Education   2 years 2 months ago

    I would take Mr. Bryant's conclusions a step further: what we are witnessing now in NC we are likely to witness even more in the coming years unless the Democrats "resurrect the conviction of their fusion heritage". If Democrats and citizens allow Mr. Trump's prospective appointees to carry out their mission of disabling the various agencies they are heading we will all be living in a country that resembles NC more than a country that resembles, say, CA, OR, WA, or VT. Our children are depending on us to restore democracy.

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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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