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 Independence – for breakfast. (ROTARY)

Thanks to the Sunrise Burlington Rotary Club for hosting us at their weekly breakfast on Friday. Always good to explore Vermont independence with the Vermont business community. Here’s a shot … Continue reading

February 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Wounds of Waziristan (DRONE WAR)

You know that when Vermont’s business colleges, like Burlington’s Champlain College, start screening films about secret drone wars and the U.S. of Empire, that the Vermont natives are getting restless. … Continue reading

February 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Republic of Cascadia (SECESSION, PNW STYLE)

Fascinating San Francisco Chronicle article on the Republic of Cascadia and the politics (or lack thereof) of decentralization in the Pacific Northwest. Predictably, the writer doesn’t take the idea of … Continue reading

February 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Vermont High School Students Outfox “Faux News” (AIR QUOTES)

Jeezum Crow, we haven’t enjoyed a video this much since John Oliver’s “Net Neutrality” rant. Enjoy!

February 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bookchin is Back (BOOK DROP)

Vermont philosopher and eco-anarchist Murray Bookchin may have left us a few years ago, but his ideas live on in a new book collection just published by Verso Press. “Over the … Continue reading

February 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Legalize Marijuana, the “Vermont Way” (TERROIR OF POT)

If we’re gonna legalize marijuana, says the Vermont Cannabis Collaborative, let’s do it the “Vermont Way.” What exactly would this smell like? Read on to find out – sustainability principles, a … Continue reading

February 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ello, Vermont? (#SOCIALMEDIAREV)

Don’t miss Ello co-founder Paul Budnitz speak at Champlain College this coming Tuesday. His new social media network Ello is all the buzz for its mission-driven commitment to protect user … Continue reading

February 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Vermont Gets Real About Local Food, by Rachel Carter (FARM-TO-PLATE)

Local food movements are trending across the country. For some, it’s the next “in” thing to do, but for many Vermonters, supporting local agriculture has been a way of life … Continue reading

February 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Greg Guma Runs for Burlington Mayor (INSURGENCY)

Editor’s Note: This is a public statement from the “Greg Guma For Burlington Mayor” campaign office. Find out more here. The March mayoral election in Burlington will be a turning … Continue reading

February 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Octopus In Iceland: Vermont’s Jim Hogue Talks With Birgitta Jonsdottir (WGDR RADIO)

Listen to this remarkable WGDR radio interview, hosted by Plainfield, Vermont’s Jim Hogue, with Iceland’s own Birgitta Jonsdottir, who played an instrumental role in Iceland’s grassroots revolution against Big Banks, … Continue reading

February 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Green Mountain Robotic Surf Punk: The Tsunamibots Take Over Vermont, by Rob Williams (INDY MUSIC)

“When I first heard the Tsunamibots, I thought, Oh No! This will definitely lead to the enslavement of the human race,” said Nill Humansen from HumansAgainstRobot.org. “I used to listen … Continue reading

February 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

“Secession, The Reasonable Option Everyone Resists,” by Thomas E Woods, Jr. (KEYNOTE)

Listen to political theorist Tom Woods make an eloquent case for nonviolent secession in Texas last week. Curious, that both right-leaning and left-leaning thinkers are taking a much closer look … Continue reading

January 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

In Memory of MLK – January 2015 (PROPHETS OVER 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 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Why The U.S. Is The Biggest Threat To World Peace, by Benjamin Dangl (TOWARD FREEDOM)

Like a lot of Americans, each morning in elementary and high school, I had to stand up before the U.S. flag, put my hand on my heart, and pledge allegiance … Continue reading

January 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Towards A Vermont “Climate Change Economy,” by Ron Miller (CONFERENCE)

This commentary is by Ron Miller, is the chair of Sustainable Woodstock. This column first appeared in The Vermont Standard on Jan. 7, 2015. The Vermont Council on Rural Development … Continue reading

January 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Glenn Greenwald To Speak at Vermont’s MountainTop Film Festival (SURVEILLANCE)

Glenn Greenwald, U.S. author, journalist and lawyer will speak at the opening night of the MountainTop Film Festival. Greenwald will be called onto the big screen via Skype to do … Continue reading

January 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

52Farms, by Elizabeth Hewitt (FARM SERIAL)

There are more than 7,000 farms on more than 1.25 million acres of land in Vermont. 52Farms.co is a project to get to know a few of the farmers behind them. Pairing photographs … Continue reading

January 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

“The Empties,” by Jess Row (SHORT STORY)

Readers of collapse-focused post-oil rural fiction (a growing genre – think the “World Made By Hand” novels of James Howard “Clusterfuck Nation” Kunstler) may have missed Jess Row’s short story … Continue reading

January 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Question: How can the Vermont legislature find the $100 million needed to fund life in our Green Mountains? (SOLUTIONS)

The answer? A Vermont public bank.  2VR has long supported independent financing for our once-and-future republic, and last year – 2014 – was a big one for making political and … Continue reading

January 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

From the Mountain Top: Film Festival Founder Claudia Becker Holds Forth (INTERVIEW)

Publisher’s Note: We’ve supported the annual MountainTop Human Rights Film Festival, which takes place every Martin Luther King, Jr. week-end, since it’s inception. This year’s 2015 festival may be the … Continue reading

January 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Burning the Furniture: Vermont, Climate Change and the Human Condition (NATURE)

Did you catch the new NATURE report out this week? Worth a read. The energy upshot? If the world wishes to prevent “catastrophic” climate change, then we must “abandon most … Continue reading

January 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

#VT99: Celebrating Vermont’s WINTER Commons – Snow. Go. Mojo! (#FESTIVAL)

Minus 15 degrees here in Mad River Valley this morning, and news from the Statehouse indicates that Vermont is looking at a $100 million budget deficit for this fiscal year. … Continue reading

January 8, 2015 · Leave a comment
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