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.

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

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

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

“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

Celebrating TOWN MEETING Day in Vermont (DIRECT DEMOCRACY)

One year ago, we wrote in defense of Vermont’s annual town meeting day, the most pure form of direct democracy still in existence in the United States. At the time, … Continue reading

March 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Beer Barons, Busted: Why Quaffing Local Spirits Matters, by Benjamin Dangl (COMMENTARY)

All good revolutions are powered by three things: great ideas, courageous individuals, and good beer. Which makes this article by our Vermont neighbor Ben Dangl at Toward Freedom especially important. … Continue reading

October 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Food Rights, by Claire Cavanaugh (BOOK REVIEW)

When first presented with Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Food Rights: The Escalating Battle Over Who Decides What We Eat, I knew next to nothing about the topic. What … Continue reading

September 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Fight for the Light: Shadows of Liberty, by Rob Williams (FILM REVIEW)

I had the good fortune to attend a recent screening of SHADOWS OF LIBERTY at the Peace and Justice Center in Burlington, Vermont. This new documentary film, featuring some of … Continue reading

July 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

No Place To Hide?! Inside the U.S. Surveillance State, by Rob Williams (BOOK REVIEW)

Welcome to July 4th – Independence Day – in 21st century America Let us be clear what we are celebrating. The United States is no longer a functioning republic, but … Continue reading

July 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

How Traditions and Values Have Defined the Vermont Way by Greg Guma (FEATURE)

This article was first published in Green Mountain Noise, 2VR’s E-zine publication Ethan Allen, the unpredictable frontier rebel who rallied resistance to any person or power threatening the property rights of … Continue reading

May 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Monkton Homeowners Rebuke Threats of Eminent Domain from Pipeline by Dylan Kelley (INVESTIGATION)

This article was first published in Green Mountain Noise, 2VR’s E-zine publication Gathering in a small kitchen before a battery of cameras, four Monkton homeowners are raising their voices in ardent … Continue reading

May 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Toward a Human-Scale Democracy in America by Frank Bryan (FEATURE)

This article was first published in Green Mountain Noise, 2VR’s E-zine publication Question: Does the American National Government work? Answer: Yes. It was designed not to work and as such is … Continue reading

May 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Marijuana in Vermont By Joseph Humes

Senator David Zuckerman sits comfortably in the lavish Vermont State House cafeteria. He warmly greets everyone he sees, and doesn’t take two bites from his lunch without stopping to talk … Continue reading

May 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Battle Over Banking: A Public Bank for the Republic of Vermont by Jim Hogue

This article was first published in Green Mountain Noise, 2VR’s E-zine publication Introduction In 1694, British Financiers formed the Bank of England and changed the world. Public money in the … Continue reading

May 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Dignity vs. Predation: The CCTA Strike by C. W. Norris-Brown

On March 17, 2014, CCTA drivers with their union Teamsters Local 597 went on strike. It ended April 4 when they went back to work. The drivers got most of … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Obama Faces Another “Dumb War” Over Crimea by William Boardman

“I don’t oppose all wars…. “What I am opposed to is a dumb war. “What I am opposed to is a rash war. “What I am opposed to is the … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

No Constitutional Amendment Needed to Overturn Citizens United

While fund-raising public interest organizations have been beating drums for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, no constitutional amendment is needed because the Constitution already has provisions that allow … Continue reading

March 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

NWO endgame reconsidered by Richard Moore

In the article, New World Order – The endgame has begun I argued that world government is going to be achieved by relatively peaceful means. Obama’s backdown from his ‘red … Continue reading

March 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

School Shows Zero Tolerance for Public Accountability by William Boardman

Remember that flurry of news reports in December 2013 about a middle school with a zero tolerance weapons policy suspending two fifth grade boys, one for pretending to use a … Continue reading

February 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Saving Vermont Town Meeting: A Modest Proposal by Rob Williams

As a Waitsfield citizen, parent and school board member for more than a decade now, I am writing in support of preserving our annual Vermont town meeting day as the … Continue reading

February 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Q & A with Mayoral Hopeful Gwen Hallsmith

Q. So, why a public bank for Vermont? What’s wrong with our local commercial banks? A. There is nothing wrong with our local commercial banks, except, perhaps that the new … Continue reading

January 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

WTC Tower 7: An Attack from Within by Vidda Crochetta

At 5pm on September 11, 2001 World Trade Center Towers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 were damaged but still standing. Nevertheless, earlier that morning the lower Manhattan skyline had … Continue reading

January 21, 2014 · Leave a comment