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.

Archive

Issue Highlights:

  • The Prodigal Nation, by Frank Bryan
  • A Voice for Independence, by Ian Baldwin
  • Wal-Mart: What’s a Bargain Worth? by Bill McKibben
  • George F. Kennan (1904–2005), by Thomas Naylor
  • Collapse of the American Empire, by Kirkpatrick Sale
  • Letters, News, and Upcoming Events
  • Books: Rob Williams on John Perkins’s Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Issue Highlights:

  • A Brief Welcome to the Long Emergency, by James Howard Kunstler
  • The Proud American Tradition of Secession, by Rob Williams
  • Letters
  • Nonviolent Vermont Independence, by Thomas Naylor
  • How Did Vermont Get To Be? by Daniel Gade
  • News and Upcoming Events
  • The Middlebury Declaration, by Kirkpatrick Sale

Issue Highlights:

  • Word and Flesh, by Wendell Berry
  • The Cultivation of Our Own Tradition, by Rowan Jacobsen
  • Letters, News, and Upcoming Events
  • Crafting Nativeness, by Jeff Bickart
  • Subverting Power with Complementary Currency, by James Hogue
  • A Constitutional History of Secession, by John Remington Graham
  • Books: Rob Williams on Thomas DiLorenzo’s The Real Lincoln
  • Small is Powerful, by Kirkpatrick Sale
  • Riding the Parti Québécois Roller Coaster, by Thomas Naylor and James Hogue

Issue Highlights:

  • Vermont 2020, by Rick Foley
  • Looking Back, Looking Forward, by Ian Baldwin
  • Letters
  • Diseconomies of Scale: Dismembering Leviathan, by Donald W. Livingston
  • Tax Resistance: An American Tradition, by Robert Riversong
  • Books: Rob Williams on Freedom and Unity: A History of Vermont
  • Breakdown of Nations, by Kirkpatrick Sale
  • Independence Day Collage, by Peter Holm

Issue Highlights:

  • Questioning the 9/11 Commission: Interview with David Ray Griffin, by James Hogue
  • Where Do We Go from There? A Meditation on 9/11, by Ian Baldwin
  • News
  • Conspiracies: How Do You Think We Got Here?, by Rick Foley
  • Beam It In, by Jacqueline Brook
  • Betrayed Once, Shame on Them; Betrayed Twice, Shame on Us, by Rick Foley
  • The Lessons of 9/11, by Kirkpatrick Sale
  • Crossing the Rubicon: Interview with Michael Ruppert, by Rob Williams
  • Five Painful Questions about 9/11, by Eric Hufschmid

Issue Highlights:

  • Can Vermont Feed Itself ? by Bill McKibben
  • Why Homestead Security? by Rob Williams
  • Freedom, Self-Reliance, and Dependence on Our Neighbors, by Erik Wilkins-McKee
  • Community Supported Agriculture, by Elizabeth Wood
  • Fresh Voices from the Vermont Fresh Network, by Lee Ann Cox and Kevin Foley
  • Eating in Place, by Kate Williams
  • Eating Locally Year-Round, by Pete Johnson
  • Good Food Starts Here, by Craig Chevrier
  • Homestead Security Equals Free-Range Chickens, a Good Dog, and Jerusalem Artichokes, by Jim Hogue

Issue Highlights:

  • What Is Secession?, by Donald W. Livingston
  • What’s Changed, What’s the Same?, by Ian Baldwin
  • Letters
  • Reflecting on Vermont’s 2005 Legislative Session, by Rick Foley and Ellen Hayes
  • July 11 Statement
  • Democracy School and the New Revolution of the American Spirit, by Adam D. Sacks
  • What To Do In Our Crazy Life? Attend Democracy School, by Dave Ratcliffe
  • War, Katrina, and the Second Vermont Republic, by Ben Scotch
  • The Scourge of Bigness: A Secessionist Primer, by Thomas Naylor
  • What’s Going On Out There?, by Kirkpatrick Sale

Issue Highlights:

  • Tools with a Life of Their Own?, by Richard Heinberg
  • Fantasy, Choices, and Action, by Rick Foley
  • A Perspective on Wind Power, by J. Arthur Loose
  • Vermont Yankee and Vermont Soveriegnty, by Gary Flomenhof
  • Burlington’s Clean Power Mix, Editor’s Interview with BED’s Patty Richards
  • Vermont transportation, Energy, and Soveriegnty, by Rick Foley and Gary Flomenhof
  • Off-Grid Living, by Anita Kelman
  • First Vermont Independence Convention a Huge Success, by Jane Dwinell
  • At What Size Seccession?, by Kirkpatrick Sale

Issue Highlights:

  • Vermont: The Once and Future Republic, by James Hogue and Frank Bryan
  • Re-Inventing Vermont: A New Year, an Open Invitation, by Rob Williams
  • Representing Empire: The Politics of the Living Dead, by Thomas Naylor
  • Our Land, Our Destiny: Vermont Independence Convention Keynote Address, by James Howard Kunstler
  • A Not So Different Drummer, by Garret Keizer
  • Independent Vermont/Independent Wôbanakik, by Frederick M. Wiseman
  • Independent Media (Un)Covers The Empire: Project Censored 2006, Book Review by Rob Williams
  • What Is “Independence”?, by Bill Brueckner
  • The Middlebury Institute: The Logic of American Secession, by Kirkpatrick Sale

Issue Highlights:

  • Local Living Economies: The New Movement for Responsible Business, by Judy Wicks
  • The Politics of Money, by Hazel Henderson
  • Building Sustainable Economies, by Susan Witt
  • From Common Wealth to Common Property, by Peter Barnes
  • A Direct Stake In Economic Life: Worker-Owned Firms, by Gar Alperovitz
  • The Real Economy, by Dr. Robert Costanza
  • News of a Second Vermont Republic, by Jane Dwinell
  • The CLT Model: A Tool for Permanently Affordable Housing and Wealth Generation, by Gus Newport
  • Economics of Scale vs. the Scale of Economics: Towards Basic Principles of a Bioregional Economy, by Kirkpatrick Sale
Issue 11 – March 2006

Issue Highlights:

  • The True Congress, by Frank Bryan
  • Independence Begins at Home, by Peter Clavelle
  • The Center Cannot Hold, Vermont Commons editorial
  • First, A Statement of Grievances, letter to the editor on secession
  • Reviving Town Meeting, interview with Susan Clark
  • Memoirs of a Moderator, by John McClaughry
  • Republicanism and Size, by Donald W. Livingston
  • Take It Easy, poem by Peter Buknatski
  • Re-Inventing Vermont: Towards 21st Century Blueprints (reprinted from
  • The Vermont Papers), by Frank Bryan and John McClaughry
  • Looking for Real Democracy? Look Around, by Kirkpatrick Sale

Issue Highlights:

  • Toward Food Sovereignty in Vermont, by Brian Tokar
  • Vermont Commons: Celebrating Our First Year, Editorial
  • Challenging the National Animal ID Program, an open letter to the U.S.D.A.
  • A Bright Future for Vermont Farming, by Vern Grubinger
  • Republicanism and Size, by Donald W. Livingston
  • V is for Vermont Victory Gardens, by Anita Kelman
  • Mixed Message on Local Food in Vermont, by David Timmons
  • Liberals and Conservatives: Relics of the Past, by Thomas Naylor
  • Agriculture: Civilization’s ‘Great Mistake,’ by Kirkpatrick Sale

Issue Highlights:

  • Best Buy the Dams Now, by Dave Dunn, Hervey Scudder, and Rick Foley
  • Hostage to a Nuclear Plant by Ray Shadis
  • Independence Means Energy Independence, Editorial
  • An Apology, Sort of, by Jeff Danziger
  • Biofuels: Local Energy Solutions, by Netaka White
  • Solution to Home Heating in Our Back Yard? by Anita Kelman
  • Drill and Kill, by Gary Flomenhoft
  • Surging Gold Prices and the American End Game, by Thomas Naylor
  • In Energy Policy, Too, Size Matters, by Kirkpatrick Sale

Issue 14 – June 2006

Issue Highlights:

  • Wake Up, America! by Steven Bhaerman
  • Writes, Rights, Rites of Passage, Editorial
  • Know Your Weeds: The Value of “Valueless” Plants, Letter to the Editor
  • How to Survive the Crash and Save the Earth, by Ran Prieur
  • True-To-Life, by Amy L. Seidl
  • Living Simply and Strengthening Community, by Richard Czaplinski
  • ‘Relocalization’ In the Post-Carbon Era, by Barry Simpson
  • Spiritual Sustainability, by Jeffrey Triplat
  • Government Without Representation: A Call to Action, by Charles Sullivan

Issue 15 – Summer 2006

Issue Highlights:

  • The Tapeworm’s Triumph? The Parasitic Corporate Underpinnings of U.S. Empire, by Catherine Austin Fitts
  • Beyond Organic: Investing In Vermont’s Local Food Economies, by George Schenk
  • Free Vermont: Going Back To The Future, Editorial
  • People Power And The Case For Presidential Impeachment, by Dan Dewalt
  • 200 Years Is Long Enough! An interview with Vermont musician Pete Sutherland
  • Republicanism and Size, Part 3 of an article by Donald W. Livingston
  • Start with the Land, by Peter Forbes
  • A New Food Paradigm: Vermonters Plant Localvore Chapters, by Robin McDermott
  • Living Post-Carbon: Vermonters Begin Grappling With Global Peak Oil, by Dennis Derryberry
  • Financial Independence For Us Common Folk, by Jane Dwinell
  • 37,000 Vermonters Favor Secession! Vermont Independence Movement Leads The Nation, by Thomas Naylor
  • Seeing Red—and Seeing Blue, by Kirkpatrick Sale

Issue Highlights:

  • Vermont Farm Family Challenges National Animal ID, by Linda Faillace
  • Peak Oil “Powerdown”, interview with Richard Heinberg
  • Empire’s Fall: Walking Toward A New Vermont, Editorial
  • Electoral Fraud: ‘Critical Condition’ for U.S. Democracy, by Joel Bleifuss and Steven F. Freeman
  • Walking the WALC: Street Heat for a Clean Energy Future, by Bill McKibben
  • Secede To Succeed; Address from 2005 Vermont Statewide Secession Convention, by Jane Dwinell
  • Most Likely To Secede? Debating Independence in Vermont Classrooms, by Sydney Copp
  • Five Years Later: A 9/11 Review, by Jim Hogue
  • Money and Liberty, by Adrian Kuzminski
  • Local Currency: A Revolution That Sounds Like a Whisper, by Amy M. Kirschner
  • My I.R.S. Story, by Jacqueline Brook
  • Republicanism and Size, by Donald W. Livingston
  • Secession Fever, by Thomas Naylor
  • The First North American Secessionist Convention, by Kirkpatrick Sale

Issue 17 – Winter 2007

Issue Highlights:

  • Grass Fed is Best: Growing Vermont’s Farm Future, by Bruce Hennessey
  • Secession and Vermont: Where I Stand, by Frank Bryan
  • Electing Independence, Editorial
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Divided We Stand: The First North American Secession Convention, by Kirkpatrick Sale
  • Vermont Vox Populi: A Conversation With ‘Farmers Diner’ Owner, interview with Tod Murphy
  • News of A Second Vermont Republic
  • Free Vermont Media, by Rob Williams
  • Vrest Orton and Green Mountain Independence, Circa 1929, by Nicholas Clifford
  • Monetary Secession Now, by Franklin Sanders
  • The 2006 Elections: Much Ado About Nothing, by Thomas Naylor
  • From the Middlebury Institute, by Kirkpatrick Sale

Issue 18 – Spring 2007

Issue Highlights:

  • The Great Hydropower Heist, by Richard Foley
  • A Word to our Readers, by Ian Baldwin
  • Reclaiming Our Commons, Editorial
  • Letters to the Editor
  • ‘Going Slow’: Rethinking Education in the Green Mountains, by Susan Ohanian
  • Educational Agriculture, by Eliot Coleman
  • Vermont Vox Populi: A Conversation With ‘No-Grain’ Farmer Abe Collins
  • Beyond the Bottom Line; Vermont Businesses and Social Responsibility, by Don Mayer
  • Free Vermont Media, by Tim Matson
  • Notes from the Middlebury Institute, by Kirkpatrick Sale
  • Bush’s Reign of Terror, by Thomas Naylor
  • The Decentralist Movement: A Third Way, by Kirkpatrick Sale

Issue 19 – Summer 2007

Issue Highlights:

  • The New England Secession Tradition, by Donald Livingston
  • Our Hope Is Disunion: Cutting to the Root of the Matter, Editorial
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Vermont Vox Populi: An Interview with Marion Leonard
  • America’s Descent into Fascism, by Glenn M. Cahilly
  • A Declaration of Cultural Independence, by Craig Byrne
  • ‘Of A Quiet and Peaceable Behavior’: The Freeman’s Oath and the Nonviolent Defense of an Independent Vermont Republic, by Carl  Watner
  • ‘From Little Acorns’; Notes from the Middlebury Institute, by Kirkpatrick Sale
  • Meet the Greenneck
  • Vermont Freedom Currency, by Steve Moyer
  • Vermonters’ Support for Secession Increases Dramatically, by Thomas Naylor
  • Separatism: It’s Happening All Over the World, by Kirkpatrick Sale

Issue 20 – Fall 2007

Issue Highlights:

  • Growing A Statewide Localvore Movement, by Robin McDermott
  • The New England Secession Tradition, Part III, by Donald Livingston
  • Long Live The ‘Untied States,’ Editorial
  • Letter to the Editor
  • The Great Hydropower Heist; How Corporations Colonized our Watershed Commons, Part II, by Richard Foley
  • Vermont Vox Populi: An Interview with Filmmakers Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller
  • Secession’s Arrival in the Blogosphere; Notes from the Middlebury Institute, by Kirkpatrick Sale
  • The Food Less Traveled, by Enid Wonnacott
  • Leaving an Imprint, The Greenneck
  • The Virtues of Local Bookstores and Businesses, by Christopher Morrow
  • Endgame Trilogy: Peak Oil, Global Warming, and Terrorism, by Thomas Naylor
  • BREAKING NEWS! U.S. Not the Greatest, by Kirkpatrick Sale

Issue 21 – Winter 2008

Issue Highlights:

  • Town Meeting: A Space for Communal Liberty, by Frank Bryan
  • Vermont’s Energy Future: 10 Reasons for Hope, by Greg Strong
  • Vermont Commons: Our “Journal of Ideas” Goes Statewide, Editorial
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Notes from the Middlebury Institute: “Why The Move to Sustainability,” by Thomas Moore
  • Vermont Vox Populi: An Interview with Lisa McCrory and Carl Russell of Earthwise Farm & Forest, by Carolyn Baker
  • Free Vermont Media: Meet the Vermont Commons Blogging Team
  • Localvore Living: “In Winter, The Key is Preparation,” by Robin McDermott
  • The Greenneck: “Reflections on Vermont While on a Florida Bicycle Ride”
  • Vermont Libre: “The Genteel Revolution,” by Thomas Naylor
  • Dispersions: “Dispatches From the Front,” by Kirkpatrick Sale

Issue 22 – Mud Season 2008

Issue Highlights:

  • Embracing Peak Oil: Powering Vermont’s Future Carl Etnier and Annie Dunn Watson
  • Reclaiming Vermont’s Commons: Senate Could Create “Common Assets Trust” Peter Barnes and Gary Flomenhoft
  • Editorial: “Our Mission: Imagining an Independent Vermont” Rob Williams
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Who Owns Vermont’s Water? Exploring A Vital Part of Vermont’s Commons Johanna Miller
  • A Health Care System for the New Vermont Jane Dwinell
  • Localvore Living: “Keep It In Vermont” Campaign Robin McDermott
  • Vermont Vox Populi: “Why We Fight” – Interview with Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki Rob Williams
  • Notes from the Middlebury Institute: “Secession and Sanity” – Interview with Kirkpatrick Sale Bruce E. Levine
  • Free Vermont Media: “Free Vermont, Free Your Mind” Carolyn Baker
  • The Greenneck: “Stop Buying Crap (Musings on the ‘Green Awakening’)”
  • Dispersions: “You Know Your Empire is Collapsing When…” Kirkpatrick Sale

Issue 23 – Spring 2008

Issue Highlights:

  • Keep It In Vermont: How A $150-Million Windfall Might Stimulate the Vermont Economy Robin McDermott and Rob Williams
  • Editorial: “Time to Cast Off and Dream Anew” Ian Baldwin
  • Letter to the Editor
  • An Interview with Anthony Pollina Ron Miller
  • Notes from the Middlebury Institute: “If Kosovo, Why Not Vermont?” Kirkpatrick Sale
  • Free Vermont Media: “The Shell Game and Other Errata From the Empire” Jim Hogue
  • Localvore Living: “In The Face of ‘Agflation,’ Grow Your Own Food” Robin McDermott
  • LocalWear: A Journey Into the Human Experience Jeff Bickart
  • Vermont Vox Populi: “Re-Inhabiting Vermont’s Commons in a Post-Oil Future” – an interview with Ben Falk Rob Williams
  • The Greenneck: “Stimulating Shopping in the Green Mountains”
  • Vermont Libre: “The Obama Effect” Thomas Naylor
  • Dispersions: “You Know Your Empire is Collapsing When…” – Part II Kirkpatrick Sale

Issue 24 – Summer 2008

Issue Highlights:

  • Scale And Violence: Secession and the Third American Revolution – Donald Livingston
  • Editorial: “Beyond Our Independence Daze” Rob Williams
  • Letter to the Editor
  • An Interview with Gaye Symington – Ron Miller
  • Notes from the Middlebury Institute: “Secession—Not Just a Thing of the Past” Kelly Janis
  • Vermont Vox Populi: “Shout it Out with Green Mountain Teenagers”—Interview with Filmmaker Bess O’Brien Rob Williams
  • Free Vermont Media: “Beyond Left and Right—An Introduction to Decentralism” John McClaughry
  • The Greenneck: “What Independence Day?”
  • LocalWear: Clothing the Human Experience Jeff Bickart
  • LocalVore Living: “Waste Not, Want Not” Robin McDermott
  • Dispersions: “Beyond Capitalism and Socialism” Kirkpatrick Sale

Issue 25 – Fall 2008

Issue Highlights:

  • Exponential Money in a Finite World Chris Martenson
  • Editorial: On Becoming Sovereign – Not ‘More’ Sovereign Ian Baldwin 3 Letters to the Editor
  • Vermont Vox Populi: Our Environment and Our Food – Excerpts from the Summer 2008 Gubernatorial Debate
  • Notes from the Middlebury Institute: Why Secession Is A Tough Sell In Vermont And Beyond Thomas Naylor
  • The Vermont Sustainable Heating Initiative Ron Miller
  • The Case for Local Wheat and Bread in Vermont Erik Andrus
  • LocalVore Living: How to Isolate Vermont from Skyrocketing Food Costs Robin McDermott
  • Free Vermont Media: Transition Towns: Using Our Heads, Hearts, and Hands in a Post-Peak Oil Vermont George Lisi
  • The Greenneck: Splitting Firewood: Musings on Survival in a 21st Century Vermont
  • Dispersions: Sixty-Eight Million Americans Can’t Be Wrong – Kirkpatrick Sale

Issue 26 – Stick Season 2008

Issue Highlights:

  • The Greatest Looting Operation in History Chris Martenson
  • Editorial—V for Vermont: Vanishing the U.S. Empire, Visualizing the Vermont Republic Rob Williams
  • Letter to the Editor
  • Vermont’s Vulnerable Election System Gary Beckwith
  • Vermont Vox Populi—Moving Toward a Solar and Biomass Heating Economy Gaelan Brown
  • Sense Beyond the Dollar: A Primer on Local Currencies Amy Kirschner
  • LocalVore Living—What the Tomatoes Tell Us About Growing Locally Robin McDermott
  • Notes from the Middlebury Institute—Why Secession Is A Tough Sell, Part II Thomas Naylor
  • Free Vermont Media—Honing The Argument for Vermont Independence Bill McKibben
  • The Greenneck: Musings on the Meltdown
  • Dispersions—Push-Pull: The Third North American Secession Convention Kirkpatrick Sale

Issue 27 – Winter 2009

Issue Highlights:

  • Why I Support A Second Vermont Republic Ian Baldwin
  • Editorial—Vermont Independence: Yes We Can! Rob Williams
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Free Vermont Media—Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine, Obama, and the U.S. Empire Carolyn Baker
  • LocalVore Living—Peasant Secrets to Eating Like a Pharoah Robin McDermott
  • NOFA Vermont’s Winter 2009 Conference Meg Klepack
  • Education by Design—Toward Educational Freedom Ron Miller
  • Vermont’s Energy Future: The Choice is Ours Richard Foley
  • Homestead Security—Wood Heat: Drying It Ben Falk
  • Movement Within Movements—Seeding Our Vermont Food Movement Cheryl King Fischer
  • Vermont Vox Populi—Secessionist Sensibilities: Interview with Frank Bryan Alyssa Jean Findlay
  • Transition Times—‘Transition Towns’ Generate Enthusiasm Carl Etnier

Issue 28 – Mud Season 2009

Issue Highlights:

  • Vermonters In An Independent Republic Would Pay Lower Taxes Hans Ohanian
  • Editorial—No Apologies: Retooling Vermont for Revolutionary Times Rob Williams
  • Letter to the Editor
  • Free Vermont Media—Economics vs. History (Planet Finance vs. Planet Earth) Woody Tasch
  • Vermont Vox Populi—Humanizing and Relocalizing Commerce; the Vermont Sustainable Exchange Carolyn Fox
  • Defunding Empire: Join S.E.C.E.D.E. “H.D. Thoreau”
  • Localvore Living—A Solution to Plummeting Milk Prices Robin McDermott
  • Education by Design—Decentralizing Educational Authority Ron Miller
  • Transition Times—Making It Up As We Go Along Carl Etnier
  • Homestead Security—Re-Skilling and Re-Tooling for Transition Times Ahead Ben Falk
  • Bursting Our Bubbles: The Theft of Our Common Wealth (Are Vermonters Already on Their Own?) Jim Hogue
  • The Greenneck—A Careful Consideration of the U.S. Economic Crisis
  • Ignite Democracy: Take Charge of Your Communications Future Lauren-Glenn Davitian

Issue 29 – Spring 2009

Issue Highlights:

  • What Will You Eat if Vermont Secedes? Amy Shollenberger
  • Editorial—No Stopping. No Standing Gaelan Brown
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Localvore Living—Food Safety Regulations: One Size Does Not Fit All Robin McDermott
  • Secession Is In Our Bones Chellis Glendinning
  • Free Vermont Media—Collapse and Transformation Ron Miller
  • Transition Times—How Fast Can We Inspire Each Other for the Great Re-skilling? Carl Etnier
  • Building Inner Resilience for ‘The Long Emergency’ Lisa Nash
  • Vermont Vox Populi—Re-Awakening to Our Herbal Environment: Interview with Annie McCleary Kayleigh Blanchette
  • Homestead Security—Cultivating Sustainability Ben Falk
  • Spending Time: A New Approach Joanna Dillon and Monica Kimball
  • Education By Design—Separation of School and (Corporate) State Ron Miller
  • The Greenneck—Gratitude Amidst the Frenzy
  • Dispersions—Obama & Co. Really Messed Up Kirkpatrick Sale

Issue 30 – Summer 2009

Issue Highlights:

  • Leaving The Empire: In Defense of Vermont Independence Keith Brunner
  • Editorial: Minting New Vermont Patriots Rick Foley
  • Leaving the Big Top: What Circus Smirkus Teaches Us About Secession Bill Morancy
  • Vermont: The First Populist Republic Adam Kuzminski
  • Transition Times: White River Junction Makes Change Fun Carl Etnier
  • Localvore Living: Goodbye to Rural Vermont’s Exceptional Leader, Amy Shollenberger Robin McDermott
  • Vermont Vox Populi: Crossing The Rubicon with Michael Ruppert Carolyn Baker
  • Free Vermont Media: What Are Young Farmers Reading This Summer? Tyler Wilkinson-Ray
  • Education By Design: A Holistic Perspective on Education Ron Miller
  • Homestead Security: Regeneratively Reclaiming Vermont’s Unused Lands Ben Falk
  • Crafting a New Praxis: Excoriating Technology For the Sake of the Natural Frank Joseph Smecker
  • Vermont Libre: Vermont’s Patriots: Alternative to Empire Thomas Naylor
  • Dispersions: Is Secession Talk Sign of a Human-Scale Alternative? Kirkpatrick Sale

Issue 31 – Fall 2009

Issue Highlights:

  • Beyond Red and Blue: State Sovereignty Movement Ignites a Wildfire Harold Thomas
  • Editorial—The Great Re-Skilling Rob Williams
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Rebuilding Place: The Value and Traditions of Country Stores Dennis Báthory-Kitsz
  • Localvore Living—The Growing Grandeur of a Statehouse Garden Robin McDermott
  • Vermont and Cuba: An Unlikely and Unique Relationship Jared Carter
  • Free Vermont Media—Skulk-ing About 9/11: Fighting Fiction with Fiction Mark Estrin
  • The Greenneck—On Rain, Pain, and Gaming the System
  • Vermont Vox Populi—Beyond Facebook: Chittenden County’s Electronic “Front Porch Forum” Rob Williams
  • Homestead Security—Soil to Oil and Back: Rapid Topsoil Formation in the Solar Age Ben Falk
  • Education By Design—“Race to the Top,” or “Something Closer to the Heart?” Ron Miller
  • Transition Times—Keeping Current with Vermont Transitions Carl Etnier
  • Vermont Libre—Wanted: Vermont Patriots to Run for the State House Thomas Naylor
  • Dispersions—Don’t Tread on Me: The State Sovereignty Movement Kirkpatrick Sale

Issue 32 – Stick Season 2009

Issue Highlights:

  • Secession, Vermont Style: The Green Mountains and Dixie—Contrasting Voices for Independence Ron Miller
  • How Vermont Can Abolish Usury and Promote a Sustainable Economy Adrian Kuzminski
  • Editorial—Beyond Barack’s Bamboozling: Obama Fizzles, Vermonters Look Anew At Independence Rob Williams
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Why Vermont’s Future Needs Robust Bioenergy Capacity Ralph Meima
  • Vermont Vox Populi—“If You Don’t Try To Change Things”: Interview with 2008 A.G. Candidate Charlotte Dennett – Kayleigh Blanchette
  • The Greenneck —When The Doing Is Its Own Reward
  • Localvore Living—Local Bread Breakthrough for the Fall Localvore Challenge Robin McDermott
  • Greed, Fear, and a VT Alternative: The National Healthcare ‘Debate’ Thomas Naylor
  • Transition Times—Building A Transition Toolkit Carl Etnier
  • Free Vermont Media—Thomas Greco’s The End of Money and the Future of Civilization : A Book Review by Richard Cook
  • Bursting Our Bubbles II: or Topsy-Turvy Jim Hogue
  • Homestead Security—Soil to Oil and Back II: Harvesting Value From Your Leachfield Ben Falk
  • Dispersions—How To Get An Independent Vermont, Starting NOW Kirkpatrick Sale

Issue 33 – Winter 2010

Issue Highlights:

  • Vermont’s Common Assets: From Banana Republic to Sovereign Commonwealth Gary Flomenhoft
  • Vermont’s Pathway Toward Economic Independence, Part II Adrian Kuzminski
  • Editorial—Be There (January 15) Ian Baldwin
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Vermont’s Genetic Code: Toward a Decentralist Manifesto Frank Bryan
  • Localvore Living—Fermenting Independence: Ancient Food-Preservation Technique Makes a Comeback Robin McDermott
  • Transition Times—Indiana Transition Plan Sets Bar For VT Efforts Carl Etnier
  • Crosslots—“I Pledge Allegiance. . . Sort of” Will Lindner
  • Vermont Vox Populi—Interview with 1% For The Planet Executive Director Terry Kellogg Rob Williams
  • Energy Optimist—Energy Crisis, Energy Independence Gaelan Brown
  • The Greenneck—In Winter
  • Free Vermont Media—Collapse, The Movie: Staring Down the Barrel of the 21st Century Carolyn Baker
  • Homestead Security—Soil to Oil and Back III: Protecting and Making Soil Ben Falk
  • Dispersions—Why No Uprising Yet? Kirkpatrick Sale
  • Vermont Commonwealth 21st Century Statement of Principles

Issue 34 – Mud Season 2010

Issue Highlights:

  • SEXession: Where are the Women? Chellis Glendinning
  • Message in a Bottle: Vermont Groundwater A Public Resource Gary Flomenhoft
  • Guest Editorial—The Senate: Seven So Far, and Counting Dennis Morrisseau
  • Letters to the Editor
  • ENVY’able Alternatives: Electrifying Vermont Without Relicensing Yankee Sucosh Norton
  • Transition Times—Village-building Convergence Returns Montpelier to its Roots Carl Etnier
  • Localvore Living—Crunchy Winter Salads With Fewer Food Miles Robin McDermott
  • Behind Bars, For Profit: Should Vermont Continue to Privatize Prison Care? Anne Galloway
  • Energy Optimist—Why The Conflict Between Sovereignty and Renewable Energy? Gaelan Brown
  • The Greenneck—Disconnection Meditation
  • Homestead Security—Adaptive Design for Climate (and other) Changes Ben Falk
  • Crosslots—Little House in South Burlington Will Lindner
  • Vermont Libre—350.org: Copenhagen or Bust Thomas H. Naylor
  • Free Vermont Media—Censored in 2010: The Most Important Underreported New Stories of This Year Stephen Lendman
  • Dispersions—Secession Is In The Air Kirkpatrick Sale

Issue 35 – Spring 2010

Issue Highlights:

  • Scratching The Surface: Collecting Rent on Vermont’s Publicly Owned Surface Water Elliot Wilkinson-Ray
  • Secession, Not Aggression: Why Progressives and Liberals Should Consider Vermont Independence T. Keith Preston
  • Guest Editorial: The Buck Stops Here—Slow Me The Money, Vermont Woody Tasch
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Homestead Security: When The Ecofads Fade—Ditch the Carbon-Footprint Calculator and Pick Up a Shovel Ben Falk
  • Free Vermont Media: The Way Of All Empires—The U.S. On the Cusp of Peak Oil Ian Baldwin
  • Localvore Living: Can Vermont Have Too Many Farmers? Robin McDermott
  • Energy Optimist: Vermont’s Energy Future—The Role for Solar Power Gaelan Brown
  • Vermont’s Town Forest Health Check: Harvesting Wood, Promoting the Commons, Ensuring Sustainability Alexandra Murphy
  • The Greenneck: Spring Musings
  • Secession Briefs: For Independence, The Court Stops Short Jonathan Stevens
  • Vermont Vox Populi: ‘On Call’ For Collapse Carolyn Baker
  • Transition Times: Planning For the Long Emergency Carl Etnier
  • Dispersions: Much Ado About Something Kirkpatrick Sale

Issue 36 – Summer 2010

Issue Highlights:

  • Imagine Free Vermont, The Switzerland of North America Thomas Naylor
  • Voices of Independence Emerge In Vermont Politics Will Lindner
  • Editorial: The Not-So-Dire Implications Of Collapse Ian Baldwin
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Beating Wall Street: How To Recover Vermont’s Monetary Commons (Part 1) Gary Flomenhoft
  • The Greenneck: Reckoning With Deepwater Horizon’s “Junk Shot”
  • Homestead Security: Forget Peak Oil, Climate Change, Collapse—The Chemicals Are Killing Us Ben Falk
  • Transition Times: Vermont On Track To Be First Transition State Carl Etnier
  • Vermont Vox Populi: The Politics & Practice of Sustainable Living—Interview With Chelsea Green Publisher Margo Baldwin -Rob Williams
  • Localvore Living: Old World Ways vs. Modern Technology Robin McDermott
  • Energy Optimist: A FIT For Energy Independence Gaelan Brown
  • Secession Briefs: Nullification Jonathan Stevens
  • Free Vermont Media: ‘Mixed Nuts’—Aren’t We All? James Hogue
  • Green Mountain Music: Nocturnals Emission – Grace Potter’s Sexy New CD Rob Williams

Issue 37 – Fall 2010

Issue Highlights:

  • Most Likely To Secede: U.S. Empire and Vermont Secession Rob Williams
  • Vermont Independence Candidates Gaining Traction Will Lindner
  • Editorial: Six-Day Vermont Road Trip Brings a Blast of Hope Rob Williams
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Free Vermont Media: Contemplating Cultural Change in the Face of Climate Change—Book Reviews Ron Miller
  • How To Recover Vermont’s Monetary Commons—Who Creates Money? And Who Ought To? Gary Flomenhoft
  • Energy Optimist: Shred, Don’t Dread—Combustion-Free Heat for Vermont Gaelan Brown
  • Transition Times: Original UK Transition Town Sees 40-Percent Participation Carl Etnier
  • Homestead Security: It’s the Chemicals that are Killing Us—Five All-Star Food Medicines Ben Falk
  • Localvore Living: Expanding the Localvore Circle in Vermont Robin McDermott
  • Vermont Vox Populi: Broadcasting Media for Democracy—Interview with CCTV’s Lauren-Glenn Davitian Rob Williams
  • The Greenneck: Sitting by the Sugarhouse
  • Dispersions: Walking the Talk? What They’re Saying About Secession Kirkpatrick Sale

Issue 38 – Stick Season 2010

Issue Highlights:

  • Bye Bye Miss American Empire—Introduction Bill Kauffman
  • Empire, Secession, Citizen Journalism, and Media Democracy Rob Williams
  • Editorial: Come Back, Vermont Ian Baldwin
  • Letter to the Editor
  • Vermont Vox Populi: Interview with ‘Steele For Governor’ Campaign Manager Matthew Cropp Rob Williams
  • Homestead Security: Hedging Your Bets—Asset Allocation in a Post-Peak Oil World Ben Falk
  • Free Vermont Media: Neighborhood Patriots, Backcountry Rebels and their Crusade to Redraw America’s Political Map—book review Ron Miller
  • The Greenneck: The November of Our Nation
  • Localvore Living: Eating Locally in Winter Robin McDermott
  • Energy Optimist: A Wood-Fired Energy-Independence Plan for Vermont Gaelan Brown
  • Vermont’s Emerging ‘Spectrum Commons’ William Murray
  • Secession Briefs: Independence and the Legal Landscape Jonathan Stevens
  • Crosslots: To Bail or Not To Bail? Will Lindner
  • Transition Times: Local Heat, Beyond the Wood Stove Carl Etnier
  • Dispersions: Getting Back to the ‘Real’ Constitution? Fahgettaboudit Kirkpatrick Sale

Issue 39 – Winter 2011

Issue Highlights:

  • The Empire’s New Clothes: Obama, War, and the Moral Case for Vermont Independence Christopher Ketcham
  • Why Vermont Should Say NO to the F-35 Juliet Buck
  • Editorial: Taking Stock of Vermont Independence Gary Flomenhoft
  • Letter to the Editor
  • Vermont Vox Populi: Interview with the Big Picture Theater’s Claudia Becker Rob Williams
  • The Vermont Council of Censors: An Idea Whose Time Has Returned
  • Rick Scharf and Rick Foley
  • Bye Bye Miss American Empire: Introduction Part Deux Bill Kauffman
  • Secession Briefs: We’ll All Be Safer When You’re Naked Jonathan Stevens
  • Free Vermont Media: U.S. News Media Checking In at the ICU Taylor M. Silvestri
  • Transition Times: Putney Zips Toward Resilience Carl Etnier
  • Media In The Hands of the People: Alive and Well in Vermont’s 2010 Elections Lauren-Glenn Davitian
  • The Greenneck: This Is My Time (Winter Musings)
  • Energy Optimist: Wanted—A Holistic Perspective on Vermont Energy Gaelan Brown
  • Localvore Living: Books For Cooks Robin McDermott
  • Tips on Roasting Winter Vegetables from cookbook author Andrea Chesman
  • Sex’cession: Are You Turned Off? Carissa Stimpfel
  • Perhaps Collapse: The Hopelessness of Hoarding Jasmine Lamb
  • Dispersions: On John Randolph and “Secession—A Right Undeniable” Kirkpatrick Sale

Issue 40 – Mud Season 2011

Issue Highlights:

  • Burlington Kisses Lockheed?
  • Just Say No Jonathan Leavitt
  • Vermont Food Sovereignty, And a Resolution to Protect It Robert Wagner
  • Editorial: The Knave and his Interlocutor Talk About Vermont’s Future Ian Baldwin
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Vermont Vox Populi: Human Rights for Human Beings—Interview with Move To Amend’s David Cobb Gaelan Brown
  • Localvore Living: Putting the CSA Model to the Test Robin McDermott
  • Secession Briefs: Corporations and Vermont’s Commons—What A Tangled Web We Weave Jonathan Stevens
  • Homestead Security: Intending To Stay—Toward A Tree-Crop Culture Ben Falk
  • The Greenneck: Irrational Exuberance? Mud Season Musings
  • Energy Optimist: Group Net Metering in Vermont Gaelan Brown
  • Radical Sahm: Bedtime Stories—Reflections On Our Response to the Arizona Shootings Juliet Buck
  • Free Vermont Media: Ban The (Latest) Bomb—Film Review of Full Signal Chellis Glendenning
  • Bye Bye Miss American Empire: Secessionists of all Stripes Bill Kauffman
  • Transition Times: From Action to Planning in Vermont Carl Etnier
  • Media By The People: When Connection Leads to Disconnection Lauren-Glenn Davitian
  • Perhaps Collapse: I Killed a Disabled Chicken Jasmine Lamb
  • Dispersions: The Sesquicentennial Is Upon Us Kirkpatrick Sale

Issue 41 – Spring 2011

Issue Highlights:

  • The Nuclear Reality: Facing It Squarely Ben Falk
  • Sovereignty and the Money Problem: A New Beginning Charles Eisenstein
  • Editorial: Women, War, and Vermont Independence Robin Lloyd
  • Letter to the Editor
  • Vermont Libre: Vermont Progressives Morph Into Pro-War Party Thomas Naylor
  • Energy Optimist: How Many Wakeup Calls Do You Need? Gaelan Brown
  • Bye Bye Miss American Empire: Where Wisdom Lies—Home and Homefolks Bill Kauffman
  • Who Owns Vermont’s Rocks? Ian Raphael
  • Transition Times: Pecha Kucha Keeps Transition Ideas Snappy Carl Etnier
  • Radical Sahm: Red Herrings—Swallowing the Lies Juliet Buck
  • Media By The People: Standing Before the Wave—Community Resilience a Path to Our Future Lauren-Glenn Davitian
  • Sex’cession: To Baby or Not to Baby—Just Whose Issue Is It? Carissa Stimpfel
  • Vermont Vox Populi: Green Blooded—Interview with Vermont filmmakers Teo Erik Zagar and Christopher Piana Rob Williams
  • Secession Briefs: Repeal the Seventeenth Amendment Jonathan Stevens
  • Education by Design: Real World Learning—A Challenge to Standardized Education Ron Miller
  • Perhaps Collapse: I Have Something to Say Jasmine Lamb
  • The Greenneck: Spring Thaw
  • Free Vermont Media: Remembering Independence—book review Jim Hogue
View Issue Articles Online: Issue 41

Issue Highlights:

The very first issues of Vermont Commons are attached here in PDF format.

View Issue Articles Online: vol.43_Fall_2011.pdf

Issue Highlights:

  • A Scorpion by Any Other Name: The Military/Industrial Complex in Vermont Peggy Luhr
  • 9/11: Ten Years In Marc Estrin
  • Editorial: Vermont Independence—Open Sourcing the Green Mountain Revolution – Rob Williams
  • Media By The People: Digital Media at the Crossroads—Interview with Jeff Chester, Center for Digital Democracy Lauren-Glenn Davitian
  • The End of the Imperial Economy: Book Review Essay Ron Miller
  • Fukushima: “There Will Not Be a Second Chance” Shimpei Murakami
  • Radical SAHM: Who You Callin’ A Terrorist? Juliet Buck
  • Bye Bye Miss American Empire: Long Live the Second Vermont Republic! Bill Kauffman
  • Local Democracy and the State: Vermont Myths and Realities Greg Guma
  • Free Vermont Media: The ‘Wealth’ That’s All Around Us—A Review of Creating Wealth, Growing Local Economies with Local Currencies Jim Hogue
  • Vermont Vox Populi: Rethinking the “American Dream” of Home Ownership, with Home Share Now – Rob Williams
  • Energy Optimist: Climate Change, Sustainability, And…War? Gaelan Brown
  • Secession Briefs: The Name Game—Vermont Independence and Gender Equality Jonathan Stevens
  • Transition Times: Looking at Transition from the Outside Carl Etnier
  • The Greenneck: Fall of Empire, A Time For Renewal
  • Perhaps Collapse: Do Nothing Jasmine Lamb
  • Dispersions: Back to School in the U.S. of Empire—The Failure of the American Academy Kirkpatrick Sale

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