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.

(S)EX MACHINA, by Rob Williams (FILM REVIEW)

Director Alex Garland’s debut film EX MACHINA is at once a riveting Hitchcock’ian meditation on the human/machine relationship and a misogynistic tale of men and the women they dismember. Garland begins his story by … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Inconvenient Truths: The Myth of Bernie Sanders (REALITY CHECK)

Now that our own Vermont (Junior) Senator Bernie Sanders has thrown his hat into the proverbial presidential ring, we feel obligated to remind our Green Mountain neighbors and the larger … Continue reading

May 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

2VR: Welcome to our 2015 “Green Mountain Noise” E-Zine! (SLOW JOURNALISM)

After months of fun, we are excited to bring to you, dear readers, our new 2015 issue of “Green Mountain Noise,” a 68 pages of “slow journalism” that takes a … Continue reading

April 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): NAFTA On (Secret) Steroids, by Joe Firestone (SHAFTA)

“This is a true outrage. What justification of national security could possibly be brought to bear to justify classification of the TPP drafts, hiding the drafts from the Congress, as … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Spring Is Rising In Vermont: Sugar Shack Grooves @ Mad River Glen (MUSIC REVIEW)

Every once in a while, you find yourself in exactly the right place at exactly the right time. Last Sunday afternoon was one such rare moment. The place? Mad River … Continue reading

April 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

US-Sponsored “Naked Aggression” in Yemen, by Stephen Lendman (FULL SPECTRUM DOMINANCE)

Washington planned war on Yemen months ago – preemptive naked aggression by any standard with Saudi-led proxies doing Obama’s dirty work. Plus direct US involvement. Reports indicate one or more … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Furious 7: Fast Cars, Family Values, and the Franchise (FILM REVIEW)

Piqued over Peak Oil? Concerned about climate change? Worried about Wall Street? Wincing at the sad state of U.S. imperial excess – drone warfare, full spectrum dominance, global hegemony, the … Continue reading

April 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Scotland Secession Update: UK Citizens Say “It’s Coming!” (POLL)

While the U.S. of Empire trundles on into the next “Bush versus Clinton” 18 month news cycle, and Vermont’s political leadership wrestles with budget woes that might be solved by … Continue reading

March 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Will the Pentagon’s F-35 Fighters Be Based In Burlington, Vermont by 2020? (IMPERIAL BOONDOGGLE)

Inquiring Vermont minds want to know. Especially given the exorbitant costs of the F-35. And the safety record, or lack thereof. And the flight time testing prior to basing, or … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Celebrating TOWN MEETING Day in Vermont (DIRECT DEMOCRACY)

One year ago, we wrote in defense of Vermont’s annual town meeting day, the most pure form of direct democracy still in existence in the United States. At the time, … Continue reading

March 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Why Public Banks Outperform Private Banks: Unfair Competition or a Better Mousetrap?, by Ellen Brown (PUBLIC BANKING)

In November 2014, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Bank of North Dakota (BND), the nation’s only state-owned bank, “is more profitable than Goldman Sachs Group Inc., has a better … Continue reading

February 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

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 “I used to listen … Continue reading

February 1, 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

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