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.

Fight for the Light: Shadows of Liberty, by Rob Williams (FILM REVIEW)

I had the good fortune to attend a recent screening of SHADOWS OF LIBERTY at the Peace and Justice Center in Burlington, Vermont. This new documentary film, featuring some of … Continue reading

July 3, 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 · 1 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 · 1 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

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

VT Votes 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

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

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 · 4 Comments

The Hungry Wolves of Wall Street by A.Muses

Three hours plus previews. Whew! The Wolf of Wall Street was exhausting, exhilarating, impressive and appalling. I didn’t leave my seat, couldn’t miss any of the incredible performances by Leonardo … Continue reading

January 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Catching Lightning In a Bottle by Rob Williams

Like many other thinking citizens these days, I am fond of demonizing Wall Street. After all, Wall Street deserves demonizing, given the extraordinary corruption, excess and sheer financial hubris that … Continue reading

January 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

Forecast 2014: Burning Down the House by James Howard Kunstler

Many of us in the Long Emergency crowd and like-minded brother-and-sisterhoods remain perplexed by the amazing stasis in our national life, despite the gathering tsunami of forces arrayed to rock … Continue reading

January 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Do BOA and Wells Fargo Run Vermont’s Capitol City?

By William Boardman “To repeat myself ad nauseum, I still don’t see how our city’s chief economic development officer can hold and promote views that are fundamentally anti-capitalist in nature.” … Continue reading

December 30, 2013 · 1 Comment

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