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.

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

No Place To Hide?! Inside the U.S. Surveillance State, by Rob Williams (BOOK REVIEW)

Welcome to July 4th – Independence Day – in 21st century America Let us be clear what we are celebrating. The United States is no longer a functioning republic, but … Continue reading

July 3, 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

Inter States by Ralph Meima

This article was first published in Green Mountain Noise, 2VR’s E-zine publication Inter States is a story told at both personal and political levels of a profound crisis gripping the U.S. … Continue reading

May 26, 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 · 2 Comments

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


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

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

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

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 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 · 4 Comments

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

Remembering Bill Coperthwaite

By Peter Forbes William S. Coperthwaite (1930-2013), architect, author, maker, visionary social critic, and homesteader, has died.  My own family has lost both our sail and our anchor, and today there … Continue reading

December 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

New World Order: The Endgame Has Begun

Let me issue and control a nation‘s money and I care not who writes the laws. – Amschel Rothschild Perhaps the single most important thing to know about power in … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Putting Planes Before People

Nearly 500 people marched into the Burlington, Vt., City Council meeting on October 28 to testify for or against the basing of the boondoggle F-35 warplane at Burlington International Airport. The … Continue reading

December 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Is Homeland Security Preparing for the Next Wall Street Collapse?

Reports are that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is engaged in a massive, covert military buildup. An article in the Associated Press in February confirmed an open purchase order … Continue reading

October 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Opting Out: Sovereignty, Decentralism and the Secessionist Impulse

The idea of defying the forces of centralized power and wealth can be seductive, especially if you live in a small, isolated place with a reputation for being contrary and … Continue reading

October 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Collateralized Damage

Are Vermont state funds deposited in TD Bank North safe? This paper is an investigation into whether or not Vermont State funds, deposited in TD Bank North, are safe. Documents … Continue reading

October 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Vermont’s False Fiscal Dilemma

by Michael Taub The September 7th article in the Times Argus by Peter Hirschfield titled “State finances: Bonding amounts may drop, affecting infrastructure repairs” presents a false dilemma for Vermonters. We are told … Continue reading

September 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

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