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.

Resources

Resources for Further Reading

Empire and Overshoot

Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change, By William R. Catton, Jr. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1982

Collapse: How Societies Choose To Fail or Succeed, By Jared Diamond, New York: Penguin Books, 2005.

The Long Descent: A User’s Guide to the End of the Industrial Age, By John Michael Greer, Gabriola Island, B.C.: New Society Publishers, 2008

The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic, By Chalmers Johnson, New York: Henry Holt, 2004.

Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age, By Michael Ruppert, Gabriola Island, B.C.: New Society Publishers, 2004

Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects , By Dmitry Orlov, Gabriola Island, B.C.: New Society Publishers, 2011 (revised edition)

Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation, By James Howard Kunstler, New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2012

The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century, By James Howard Kunstler, New York: Grove Press, 2006

The Crash Course: The Unsustainable Future Of Our Economy, Energy, And Environment, By Chris Martensen, New York: Wiley, 2011

Why America Failed: The Roots of Imperial Decline, By Morris Berman, New York: Wiley, 2011

Hamilton’s Curse: How Jefferson’s Archenemy Betrayed the American Revolution—and What it Means for America Today, By Thomas J. DiLorenzo, New York: Crown, 2008

Economy

The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics, by Riane Eisler, San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2007

The Wealth of Nature: Economics as if Survival Mattered, By John Michael Greer, Gabriola Island, B.C., Canada: New Society Publishers, 2011

Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered, By E. F. Schumacher, Point Roberts, WA:  Hartley & Marks, 1999

Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth, By David Korten, San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2010 (revised edition)

Beyond Growth: The Economics of Sustainable Development, By Herman Daly, Boston: Beacon Press, 1997

What Matters? Economics for a Renewed Commonwealth, By Wendell Berry, Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2010

The Small-Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses are Beating the Local Competition, By Michael Shuman, San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2007

Good Morning, Beautiful Business: The Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy, By Judy Wicks, White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green, 2013

Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution, By Marjorie Kelly, San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2012

Business Alliance for Local Living Economies

Report to the United Nations for the 2012 Rio + 20 Conference, by Robert Costanza, et. al.

Money

“Exponential Money in a Finite World” By Chris Martenson, Vermont Commons  #25,  Fall 2008

The End of Money and the Future of Civilization, By Thomas Greco, White River Junction, VT:  Chelsea Green, 2009

Sacred Economics: Money, Gift & Society in the Age of Transition, by Charles Eisenstein, Berkeley: Evolver Editions, 2011

The Web of Debt:  The Shocking Truth About Our Money System, By Ellen H. Brown, Baton Rouge, LA: Third Millennium Press, 2010

Debt: The First 5,000 Years, By David Graeber, Brooklyn: Melville House, 2011

Inquiries Into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered, By Woody Tasch, White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green, 2010

Out-of-print classics:

A New Monetary System, By Edward Kellogg (1861)

Wealth, Virtual Wealth, and Debt:  The Solution of the Economic Paradox, By Frederick Soddy  (1926)

Energy

Hubbert’s Peak: The Impending World Oil Shortage, By Kenneth Deffeyes, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2008

Confronting Collapse: The Crisis of Energy and Money in a Post Peak Oil World, By Michael Ruppert, White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green, 2009

The Party’s Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies, By Richard Heinberg, Gabriolia Island, B.C.: New Society, 2005

Blackout: Coal, Climate and the Last Energy Crisis, By Richard Heiberg, Gabriola Island, B.C.: New Society, 2009

The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World, By Paul Roberts, New York: Mariner Books, 2005

Power Plays: Energy Options in the Age of Peak Oil, By Robert Rapier, New York: Apress, 2012

Energy Switch: Proven Solutions for a Renewable Future, By Craig Morris, Gabriola Island, B.C.:  New Society, 2006

Power from the People: How to Organize, Finance, and Launch Local Energy Projects—A Community Resilience Guide, By Greg Pahl, White River Junction, Vermont: Chelsea Green, 2012

The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook, By Greg Pahl, White River Junction,Vermont: Chelsea Green, 2007

Post-Carbon Institute

Transition U.S.

Food

Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition, and Health, By Marion Nestle, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007  (revised edition)

Bringing it to the Table: On Farm and Food, By Wendell Berry, Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2009

In Defense of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating, By Michael Pollan, New York: Penguin, 2009

The Town that Food Saved: How One Town Found Vitality in Local Food, By Ben Hewitt, Emmaus, PA: Rodale, 2011

Making Supper Safe: One Man’s Quest to Learn the Truth about Food Safety, By Ben Hewitt, Emmaus, PA: Rodale, 2011

Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World,By Joel Salatin, New York: Center Street/Hachette, 2011

The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People and Communities, By Will Allen, New York: Gotham, 2012

Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System, By Raj Patel, Brooklyn: Melville House, 2012  (revised edition)

Rural Vermont

Information

A Room for Learning: The Making of a School in Vermont, by Tal Birdsey, New York: St. Martins Press, 2009

The Self-Organizing Revolution: Common Principles of the Educational Alternatives Movement, By Ron Miller, Brandon, VT: Holistic Education Press, 2008

Free Schools, Free People: Education and Democracy After the 1960s, By Ron Miller, Albany: SUNY press, 2001

One Size Fits Few: The Folly of Educational Standards, By Susan Ohanian, Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1999

Susan Ohanian’s writings on educational standards

John Green’s speech at the 2012 Freedom to Read Foundation’s Banned Author Event

Community

Capitalism 3.0: A Guide to Reclaiming the Commons, By Peter Barnes, San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2006

All That We Share: How to Save the Economy, the Environment, the Internet, Democracy, Our Communities and Everything Else that Belongs to All of Us, By Jay Walljasper, New York: The New Press, 2010

Silent Theft: The Private Plunder of Our Common Wealth, By David Bollier, Oxford, UK:  Routledge, 2003

The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time, By Karl Polanyi, Boston: Beacon Press, 2001

Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, by Robert Putnam, New York: Simon and Schuster, 2001

“Whose Common Future?  Reclaiming the Commons”

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

La Via Campesina

Commons Magazine

Resilience

The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience, By Rob Hopkins, White River Junction, VT:  Chelsea Green, 2008

The Transition Companion: Making Your Community More Resilient in Uncertain Times, By Rob Hopkins, White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green, 2011

The Ecotechnic Future: Envisioning a Post-peak World, by John Michael Greer, Gabriola Island, B.C., Canada:  New Society Publishers, 2009

Decentralism

Human Scale, By Kirkpatrick Sale, Reissued by New Society Publishers (Gabriola Island, B.C., Canada), 2007

America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy, By Gar Alperovitz, New York: John Wiley, 2004

The Breakdown of Nations, By Leopold Kohr, Reissued by Chelsea Green (White River Junction, VT), 2001

The Vermont Papers: Recreating Democracy on a Human Scale, By Frank Bryan and John McClaughry, White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green, 2008

The Local Politics of Global Sustainability, By Thomas Prugh, Robert Costanza, and Herman E. Daly, Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 1999

Secession

Is Secession Treason?, By Albert Bledsoe, New York: Anza Publishing, 2005.

Out! The Vermont Secession Book, By Frank Bryan and Bill Mares, Shelburne, Vermont: The New England Press, 1987.

The Untied States of America: Polarization, Fracturing, and Our Future, By Juan Enriquez, New York: Crown Publishers, 2005

The Political Economy of Secession: A Source Book, Edited by Jurgen G. Backhaus and Detmar Doering, Neue Zurcher Zeitung Publishing, 2004

A Constitutional History of Secession, By John Remington Graham, Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing, 2002.

One Nation, Indivisible? A Study of Secession and the Constitution, By Robert F. Hawes, Jr., Fultus Books, 2006.

Bye Bye Miss American Empire, By Bill Kauffman, White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green, 2010

Rethinking the American Union for the Twenty-First Century, Edited by Donald Livingston, Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing, 2012.

Secession: How Vermont and All the Other States Can Save Themselves from the Empire, By Thomas H. Naylor, Port Townsend, WA: Feral House, 2008

Secession: The Ashgate Research Companion, Edited by Aleksansar Pavkovic and Peter Radan, Great Britain: MPG Books Group, 2001

Better Off Without ‘Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession, By Chuck Thompson, New York: Simon & Schuster, 2012

Reclaiming The American Revolution: The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions and Their Legacy, By William J. Watkins Jr., Oakland, California: Palgrave/MacMillan, 2004

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