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  • Reply to: The Carolina Coup and the Fight for Public Education   2 years 1 month ago

    Brilliant analysis, Jeff. And teachers have long been the major point of attack on public education. They are the largest college-educated workforce in America - and a potential powerful voice for democratic schools.. Granted, the vast majority of the public continues to have trust and confidence in them as individual professionals. Imagine if the public developed the same trust in them as a collective.

  • Reply to: FCC Chairman's Departure a New Threat to a Free and Open Internet   2 years 1 month ago
    This is very troubling! As you said "the stakes are higher this time". Im sure Wheeler can see that. So my question is why would he open up this vulnerability. The Donald makes no secret of his feelings about a free press. That and his history provides a clear picture of what he would like to see the FCC do in his 4 years (if that). Why Wheeler why!?
  • Reply to: Chomsky Warns of Risk of Fascism in America   2 years 1 month ago
    There is a sense that government has become altogether too corrupt, and we see different groups pop up that may have different answers, but have similar themes running through them. These groups develop through real concerns, although they always seem to be co-opted by the very groups they rally against. The Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street both felt that the system is no longer working for them, and their struggles echo through support for Ron Paul and Bernie Sanders. And those people are seeing how the establishment works to stifle them, as the RNC did with Paul and the DNC with Sanders. Unfortunately, the establishment does one thing exceptionally well - it convinces both sides that those who support the other side are evil, stupid, etc, when in reality, both sides care deeply about the country and both have truth to their argument, even if the potential solutions are different. Chomsky is right that it is wrong to marginalize the other side. Calling all Trump supporters as racist is just as ignorant as saying those who are on the left only want to give away freebies. Unfortunately, it is easier (and more "fun"?) to try to always attempt to "win" rather than find common ground.
  • Reply to: Chomsky Warns of Risk of Fascism in America   2 years 1 month ago
    @Thomas Collins It's not joined at the hip.
  • Reply to: How Nuclear Power Causes Global Warming   2 years 1 month ago
    It is ignorance of thermodynamics that has allowed big carbon to prosper. Stop contributing to the endarkenment.
  • Reply to: Pssst...Trump: You Won By Running to Clinton's Left   2 years 1 month ago
    Jud, today's progressives are anti-corporation in the abstract but they aren't vocal against corporations that are willing to play ball; progressives also have a long history of coziness with cronyism. My point was that free markets and free people are not primarily, or even observably, progressive goals. I think you're right that Clinton was seen as beholden to corporate interests but I think her bigger vulnerabilities were that she was perceived as dishonest and secretive and self-interested. Her private server was intended to hide public records from the public, and using this unsecure server for classified documents was criminal. The Clintons went from "dead broke" in 2001 to multi-millionaires in 2016 by selling influence through their foundation. I don't think Sanders would have won either, but he would have allowed progressives to vote enthusiastically without feeling like hypocrites. My advice is to work on moving the Democrats toward progressive stances without making them seem extreme. That would give you a chance at realizing reasonable gains. But the Democrats have adopted progressivism overwhelmingly and are now seen as extreme. You had a long run with Obama and he pulled the country far toward your principles, but the downside is that the pendulum will now swing the other way. After a big swing left, the mood will be for movement toward the right. More reasonable moves to the left might not be seen as needing corrections.
  • Reply to: Pssst...Trump: You Won By Running to Clinton's Left   2 years 1 month ago
    Dems need to be the party of working people-- not Goldman Sachs.
  • Reply to: Pssst...Trump: You Won By Running to Clinton's Left   2 years 1 month ago
    Hi Billy -- First of all, the title "running to Clinton's Left" was intended both literally and figuratively. Trump, literally visited long held Dem areas throughout the long held Rust Belt, while Clinton was pretty vacant. She didn't visit WI at all and was outspent by seven to one October. Second, there is a long progressive history of standing up to big corporations and using that stand as a central selling point to the voters. I think Clinton's biggest vulnerability was that she was perceived as being bought and paid for by corporate interests, especially on issues like trade and allowing numerous sectors to consolidate and become monopolistic.
  • Reply to: 40 years later, U.S. invasion still haunts Dominican Republic   2 years 1 month ago
    We don't blame an entire nation for the actions of one of your ex-presidents.
  • Reply to: Why Wisconsin's Presidential Results Are So Unbelievable   2 years 2 months ago
    Much of Wisconsin, including all the suspicious places, refused hand recounts. Given that the machines are potentially compromised, a hand recount is the only way to uncover the truth.

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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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