Most Likely To Secede: What the Vermont Independence Movement Can Teach Us about Reclaiming Community and Creating a Human Scale Vision for the 21st Century

Most Likely To Secede: What the Vermont Independence Movement Can Teach Us about Reclaiming Community and Creating a Human Scale Vision for the 21st Century


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From the annals of Vermont Commons: Voices of Independence news journal comes a new collection of essays.

The 21st century United States is no longer a functioning republic, but an unreform’able Empire unresponsive to the needs and concerns of its own citizens. Most Likely To Secede features a collection of provocative and forward-thinking essays from 29 contributors to Vermont Commons: Voices of Independence news journal.

Written by cutting-edge citizens and entrepreneurs, the essays call for economic relocalization and political independence for Vermont, and, in some cases, nonviolent secession of the state (once its own 18th century republic) from the U.S. of Empire and the peaceful dissolution of the United States as a whole. Exploring well beyond the media-manufactured boundaries of Left and Right, Most Likely To Secede advocates for a 21st century world in which collective decisions about finance, fuel, food, and culture are removed from a centralized corporate imperial United States, and returned to regional and local control. As the only state to once exist as its own republic, Vermont is uniquely poised to lead a national conversation on 2st century decentralization, and Most Likely To Secede shows us the way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603585026
Publisher: Vermont Independence Press
Publication date: 03/08/2013
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Rob Williams is the publisher of Vermont Commons: Voices of Independence. He is a Vermont-based professor, farmer, musician, historian and journalist who teaches face to face and online courses at a wide variety of colleges, plays pholk phunk music with the Phineas Gage Project (, and raises grass-fed yaks in the Mad River Valley (

Ron Miller spent nearly thirty years as an educational scholar and activist, known internationally as a founder of the holistic education movement. He authored or edited nine books, established two journals, co-founded an alternative school, and was on the faculty of the progressive Education program at Goddard College. His work is archived at In 2011 he retired to run an independent bookstore in Woodstock, Vermont. He has served on the Vermont Commons editorial board since 2007.

Table of Contents

The Mad Farmer, Flying the Flag of Rough Branch, Secedes from the Union Wendell Berry iii

Introduction Ron Miller 1

Part 1 Empire and Overshoot 11

Voices for Independence Ian Baldwin 13

The Collapse of the American Empire Kirkpatrick Sale 16

Liberals and Conservatives: Relics of the Past Thomas Naylor 20

Our Land, Our Destiny: Vermont Independence Convention Keynote Address James Howard Kunstler 22

Part 2 Global Problems, Local Solutions 27

Economics 29

The Real Economy Robert Costanza 31

Economics of Scale vs. the Scale of Economics: The New Movement for Responsible Living Kirkpatrick Sale 42

Local Living Economies: Toward Basic Principles of a Bioregional Economy Judy Wicks 47

Money 00

Money and Liberty Adrian Kuzminski 49

Sovereignty and the Money Problem: A New Beginning Charles Eisenstein 54

Local Currency: A Revolution That Sounds Like a Whisper Amy Kirschner 59

The Buck Slows Here: Slow Me the Money, Vermont Woody Tasch 63

Energy 67

Powering Vermont's Future by Embracing the Peak-Oil Challenge Carl Etnier Annie Dunn Watson 69

The Way of All Empires: The United States on the Eve of Peak Oil Ian Baldwin 74

The Great Hydropower Heist: How Corporations Colonized Our Watershed Commons DR. Richard Foley Hervey Scudder 80

Energy Crisis, Energy Opportunities Gaelan Brown 88

Food 95

What Will You Eat if Vermont Secedes? Amy Shollenberger 97

The Food Less Traveled Enid Wonnacott 102

Putting the CSA Model to the Test Robin McDermott 107

The Case for Local Wheat and Bread in Vermont Erik Andrus 110

A Portrait of Food Sovereignty Ron Miller 115

Information 119

(Un) Covering the Empire Rob Williams 121

Project Censored: News Media Checking in at the ICU Taylor Silvestri 123

Beyond Facebook: Building an Electronic Front Porch (An Interview with Michael Wood-Lewis) Rob Williams 128

Decentralizing Educational Authority Ron Miller 132

Community 139

The National Healthcare "Debate": Greed, a Fear of Death, and a Vermont Alternative? Thomas Naylor 141

From Common Wealth to Common Property Peter Barnes 146

Vermont's Common Assets: From Banana Republic to Sovereign Commonwealth Gary Flomenhoft 149

Resilience 153

The Great Re-Skilling: Inventing a Twenty-First-Century Vermont Rob Williams 155

Designing Our Future in a Changing World (An Interview, with Ben Falk) Rob Williams 157

When the Ecofads Fade, Ditch the Carbon-Footprint Calculator and Pick up a Shovel Ben Falk 164

Be Here Now, and in a Thousand Years: Toward a Tree-Crop Culture Ben Falk 167

Part 3 Decentralism and the Vermont Tradition 175

Left and Right: An Introduction to Decentralism John McClaughry 177

The Decentralist Movement: A Third Way Kirkpatrick Sale 184

Distributism: Beyond Capitalism and Socialism Kirkpatrick Sale 188

The First Populist Republic Adrian Kuzminski 191

The First Vermont "Republic": What's in a Name? James Hogue 197

Vermont's Genetic Code: Toward a Decentralist Manifesto Frank Bryan 200

The Cultivation of Our Own Tradition Rowan Jacobsen 203

Part 4 Sovereignty and Secession 207

The Violence of the Centralized State Donald W. Livingston 210

War and the Second Vermont Republic Ben Scotch 216

Origins of the New England Secession Tradition Donald W. Livingston 219

Beyond Our Independence Daze: Secession, Common Sense, and the "Spirit of 1777" Rob Williams 223

The Second Vermont Republic: Frequently Asked Questions Thomas Naylor 227

The Fall of Empire: A Time for Renewal Ben Hewitt 231

Afterword Ron Miller 233

Postscript: V for Vermont: A Concluding Call to Action Juliet Buck Rob Williams 239

Appendix: The Middlebury Declaration 241

Contributor Biographies 245

Resources for Further Reading 252

Index 256

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