Second Vermont Republic

A citizen movement committed to restoring Vermont to an independent republic, free to pursue life, liberty and happiness unimpeded by the demands of an imperial, corrupt and disintegrating United States.

Bernie Sanders’ Phantom Movement, by Chris Hedges (TRUTH DIG)

Bernie Sanders, who has attracted numerous young, white, college-educated supporters in his bid for the presidency, says he is creating a movement and promises a political revolution. This rhetoric is … Continue reading

February 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cheap Oil and Imminent Collapse: Connecting the Dots (PEAK OIL)

The signs of oil’s madcap price collapse are everywhere. Global markets now behave like digital roller-coasters from China to Europe. Schlumberger, the largest oil field service firm, cut 10,000 jobs in 2016 … Continue reading

February 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Boondoggle, by Stephen Lendman (PENTAGON PORK)

Publisher’s note: The Pentagon plans to station the first fleet of working (?) F-35s, the most expansive U.S. military boondoggle in history, at Burlington International Airport in Vermont by 2020, … Continue reading

January 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Revenant: Frontier America’s (Furry) Heart of Darkness, by Rob Williams (FILM REVIEW)

In 2002, novelist and historian Michael Punke quietly published a novel called “The Revenant,” based on the historical record surrounding the life and adventures of 19th century American fur trapper High … Continue reading

January 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Populist Revolution: Bernie and Beyond, by Ellen Brown (PUBLIC BANKS)

  The world is undergoing a populist revival. From the revolt against austerity led by the Syriza Party in Greece and the Podemos Party in Spain, to Jeremy Corbyn’s surprise … Continue reading

January 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Unprecedented Global Wealth Disparity, by Stephen Lendman (1% GO BOOM)

Ahead of wealthy and powerful financial and political elites meeting at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Oxfam released a report, titled “An Economy for the 1%,” highlighting global inequality “reaching … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

MLK In Memoriam – January 2016 (PROPHETS UBER PROFITS)

MLK’s intertwined trio – racism, materialism, and militarism – are alive and well in the 21st century U.S. of Empire. During the mid-20th century, the civil rights movement relied on the federal government to … Continue reading

January 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Celebrating MLK: MOUNTAINTOP FILM FESTIVAL 2016 from January 15-21 (BIG PICTURE)

Once again, the Big Picture Theater and Cafe in Vermont’s Mad River Valley is hosting the annual MOUNTAINTOP FILM FESTIVAL. Here’s the lineup – not to be missed! For a … Continue reading

January 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Reinventing Banking, by Ellen Brown (PUBLIC $$)

Global developments in finance and geopolitics are prompting a rethinking of the structure of banking and of the nature of money itself. Among other interesting news items: In Russia, vulnerability … Continue reading

January 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Big Short: Poetic Justice On The Silver Screen, by Rob Williams (FILM REVIEW)

“The truth is like poetry. And most people fucking hate poetry.” – Overheard in a Washington, D.C. bar by Michael Lewis; Author of The Big Short Take stupendous Wall Street corruption … Continue reading

January 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Vermont, Cannabis, and “Exceptionalism,” by Eli Harrington (OP/ED)

  Publisher’s note: Read the Vermont Cannabis Collaborative (VTCC)’s entire “What Cannabis Can Do For Vermont” report – legalize, regulate, tax, derive benefits – online at their web site. A letter in … Continue reading

December 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – The Magic Is Back, by Rob Williams (FILM REVIEW)

  A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away – the pre-imperial United States in 1977, to be precise – director George Lucas unleashed “Star Wars: A New … Continue reading

December 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Inter States: Emerging Disorder, by Ralph Meima (FICTION FEATURE)

This week, we feature Vermont novelist Ralph Meima’s provocative look at one possible future for the 21st century United States. His sprawling new novel INTER STATES, set in the year … Continue reading

December 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Open Letter to Vermont Governor Shumlin: Halt The Gas Pipeline (ACTIVISM)

Dear Governor Shumlin, We are leaders in Vermont—business owners, nonprofit executives, faith leaders, agriculture stewards, academics, and community representatives—who have followed the saga of the Addison Natural Gas Project (ANGP) over the … Continue reading

December 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

It’s Official – Donald Trump BANNED from Visiting the 2VR (PASSPORT DENIED)

The 2VR leadership team has huddled and made an executive decision. Donald Trump is now BANNED from entering the 2nd Vermont Republic. Of course, we’ll have to peaceably secede from … Continue reading

December 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

TRUMPeting Against Muslim Immigrants, by Stephen Lendman (ANALYSIS)

Publisher’s Note: The multi-layered irony of U.S. presidential imperial demagogues lashing out at Muslim/Syrian refugees created, in no small measure, by ISIS-friendly U.S. government foreign policies in the Middle East … Continue reading

December 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

“Horrors Beyond Description:” Noam Chomsky on the “War On Terror” (TRUTH OUT)

Thanks to our colleagues at Truth Out for publishing this detailed interview with MIT linguist and political analyst Noam Chomsky. His “take” on Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign is insightful, … Continue reading

December 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Banking on Vermont’s Future: An Interview with Gwen Hallsmith (FINANCE)

Read our entire interview with Vermont public banking advocate Gwen Hallsmith in our 2015 issue of “Green Mountain Noise.” Available right here at our web site. Free Vermont, and long … Continue reading

December 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

New York Times Ignores US Support for ISIS, by Stephen Lendman (ANALYSIS)

In an article discussing ISIS’ revenue sources, The Times reported nothing about Washington’s involvement in creating the terror group, arming, funding, training and directing its fighters, as well as facilitating its revenue … Continue reading

November 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hunger Lames: Mocking Jay, Part 2, by Rob Williams (FILM REVIEW)

How bad is Hollywood’s final (fourth!) installment of “Hunger Games”? So bad. Bad to the Bone. Uber-bad. The kind of bad that warrants the phrase “epic fail,” a “bad” so … Continue reading

November 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

VTCC: #CannabisConversations Legislative Report (RELEASE PARTY)

Join the Vermont Cannabis Collaborative in Burlington, Vermont on Wednesday, November 18 at 10:00 am for a press conference celebrating the release of the legislative report entitled “What Cannabis Can … Continue reading

November 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

ISIS Origins: Truth In Media (VIDEO)

A ten minute history lesson on how the U.S. and the West manufactured ISIS. Instructive, given the Paris tragedy now unfolding. Free Vermont, and long live the UNtied States.

November 15, 2015 · Leave a comment