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.

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

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H.883 Ignores the Funding Formula Again 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

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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 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

Why a Constitutional Amendment Isn’t Needed to Overturn Citizens United by Rob Hager and James Marc Leas

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: Are we on the verge of Word War 3 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 · 1 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

Public Banking: Detroit Fights for Democracy by Gwendolyn Hallsmith

Here in Detroit, you get a front row seat for industrial capitalism’s demise. The holes and cracks in the roads, the water lines leaking into ice on city streets, the … Continue reading

March 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Make Vermont National Guard a Civilian Force by Peter Garritano

The recent call to cut military forces, though specious as our war plans expand, raises the question of whether we should have dual-use forces. Vermonters may be better served by … Continue reading

March 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Vermont Towns Vote Yes on Public Banks by Gwendolyn Hallsmith

“If a Vermont Public Bank is organic, grass-fed, and pesticide-free, then I say we should all support it!”  Charlie Hosford, former longtime Waitsfield Select Board member at Town Meeting March … Continue reading

March 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

Ghoulish Gala by Dylan Kelley

I’d known it was coming for a while but it was on a miserable winter day that it all came crashing in on each of us. It was the kind … Continue reading

March 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Vermont Education Spending, Tax Disconnect Grow Inequity 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

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

Vermont Protectionism: 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 · 2 Comments

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 · 1 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 · 2 Comments

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

F-35 Still Performing Poorly by Winslow Wheeler

F-35 observers, both advocates and critics, have been waiting for the 2013 Annual Report of the Pentagon’s Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E).  After its initial leaking to Reuters … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · 1 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

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 · 3 Comments

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