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.

A Man Apart: Bill Coperthwaite’s Radical Experiment in Living (BOOK FEATURE)

As the U.S. of Empire begins to crumble, individuals and institutions are emerging to provide alternative blueprints for how we might reorganize ourselves in more decentralized communities. The life and … Continue reading

October 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Chelsea Green Publishing Celebrates THIRTY Years! (FEATURE)

Our favorite Vermont-based independent book publishing company, Chelsea Green, turns thirty this year. We caught up with co-founders Margo and Ian Baldwin about their book-driven adventures, life in the 21st century … Continue reading

October 12, 2015 · 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

Hot Shit! Vermont’repreneur Gaelan Brown on Compost, Biomass and our Energy Future (INTERVIEW)

An Interview with Biomass Vermont-trepreneur Gaelan Brown While working with a number of iconic Vermont companies – Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, GroSolar, and 1% For The Planet – native Vermonter … Continue reading

July 3, 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

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

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

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

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

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

Vermont Education Spending, Tax Disconnect by Heidi Spear

The front page lead for The Burlington Free Press on February 22, “Small Schools, Big Bills,” was quite the attention grabber, but the article that followed was disappointingly light on … Continue reading

March 10, 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

The Localization Movement: Getting Down to Business By Richard K. Moore

Civilization in crisis I doubt if readers of this article need to be told that civilization is in crisis. But in the interest of setting our context, permit me to … Continue reading

January 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Vilaseca Channels Orwell

By Susan Ohanian Recent statements by Vermont Education Secretary Armando Vilaseca contradict teacher testimony to the Vermont State Board of Education. In a letter to the editor published in Education Week … Continue reading

December 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

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