Manifesto: MFLF

Forty years ago, Wendell Berry published a poem titled Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front. I admired it then, and have come to admire it more every time I read it. It spoke to the times, it speaks to this time, it will speak, alas, to times yet to come.

Lacking permission — and oddly, for a blogger, respectful of copyright — I include only a few lines. They ring more telling, more poignant, today than they did those forty years ago.

  • every day do something
    that won’t compute.
  • Denounce the government and embrace
    the flag.
  • As soon as the generals and the politicos
    can predict the motions of your mind,
    lose it.
  • Practice resurrection.
  • Please, read the whole poem.

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