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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fukushima and Crimea: Crisis Mis-Management 101 By William Boardman

There are those who say that the idiots running Western and allied governments (the “civilized” countries) are pitching the world toward a pair disasters, the full realization of either of … Continue reading

March 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ukraine, Peak oil and The Nuclear Option by Tom Fugate

Current events in the Ukraine are reaching a global crisis level that needs to be discussed. The United States and EU have initiated a war for the control of the … Continue reading

March 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Antidote To Corporate Imperialism by Thomas Gram

I know that many people in this movement for secession and decentralization are libertarian-leaning, and are invested in the movement because of their dissatisfaction with overreach of the federal government. … Continue reading

February 24, 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 Trouble with Sprawl by Greg Guma

In 1969, Vermont took a vanguard role in the emerging environmental movement. The law known as Act 250 was a landmark attempt to preserve the state’s most valuable asset – … Continue reading

February 17, 2014 · Leave a comment