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.

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

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

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

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

F-35 in VT: How Blind Patriotism Struck Leaders Blind, Deaf, and Dumb by William Boardman (FEATURE)

In the real world, on 9/11, the Vermont Air National Guard defended nothing against nobody, and managed to provide no real protection for anyone anywhere.  When it mattered most in … Continue reading

May 30, 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

Burlington’s Underworld by Katherine Coughlin (DRUG TOUR)

This article was first published in Green Mountain Noise, 2VR’s E-zine publication It is a dark place. There is the ups and downs, the rushes, the pushes and pulls, the drama, … 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

Daze of Future Past: X Men, Again, by Rob Williams (FILM REVIEW)

Are we humans destined to destroy ourselves like so many species before us? Or can we evolve fast enough to change our fate? Is the future truly set? So muses … 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

Inter States by Ralph Meima

This article was first published in Green Mountain Noise, 2VR’s E-zine publication Inter States is a story told at both personal and political levels of a profound crisis gripping the U.S. … Continue reading

May 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

CLIMATE CHANGE: The Bigger Picture by Charles Eisenstein

I’ve noticed some parallels among three defining institutions of our civilization: money, war, and mainstream religion. All three demand, in one way or another, the sacrifice of the immediate, the … Continue reading

May 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Getting Real About Vermont’s Farm Problem by James Maroney

My position on pollution in Lake Champlain is that the state, in a misguided effort to save farming and protect water, an effort spanning fifty years and hundreds of millions … Continue reading

May 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Filming A Farming Future For Vermont by Rob Williams

All Vermonters interested in a more resilient agricultural future will not want to miss a remarkable new documentary exploring the history and future of our Mad River Valley’s hill farms. … Continue reading

April 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Be Ordinary by Nichole Hastings

I was recently able to speak with Bernie Sanders in a small venue and to hear my fellow community members voice their comments and concerns.  I asked Bernie the question … Continue reading

April 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

H.883 Ignores the Funding Formula by Heidi Spear

The public testimony regarding H.883, which mandates sweeping statewide school governance consolidation, brought home the gravity of our situation.  Two hours was a long time to sit in that crowded, … Continue reading

April 15, 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

Liberate Hawai’i (Book Review) by Rob Williams

  As 21st century Vermonters continue to explore independence for our once and future republic, it behooves us to remember and dialogue with other independence movements of good will all … 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

COLD WEATHER, HARD STATE by Peter Miller

Cold penetrates my neck, creeps down my backbone, seeps into my limbs…cold…I am cold…my arms …fingers…toes. Thirty days of below zero weather since December, not counting March…another eight-ten?  I wear … Continue reading

March 27, 2014 · Leave a comment