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ISBN: 9781603585026
Year Added to Catalog: 2012
Book Format: Paperback
Book Art: B&W Images
Dimensions: 6 x 9
Number of Pages: 256
Book Publisher: Vermont Independence Press
Release Date: March 1, 2013
Web Product ID: 740

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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

by Ron Miller, Rob Williams


"Steeped in Jeffersonian decentralism, pro-democracy sentiment, and love of land, the mad farmers, sheep growers, and legal philosophers of Vermont have forged themselves into a force of truth. In Most Likely to Secede, they bring together their finest—knitting organic farming and yogurt-making with historical/economic argument for secession that goes beyond current concepts of 'Left' and 'Right.' Whether you're from Rutland—or Alaska, Scotland, Quebec, the Congo, Kashmir, or the Iroquois Nation—read this empire-breaking book. It'll get you going."

Chellis Glendinning, Ph.D., psychotherapist , author of Off the Map: An Expedition Deep into Empire and the Global Economy

"It's clear to anyone with a pulse that we're in terrible trouble: as citizens who need a polity, as humans who need a community, as animals who need a home. For the disillusioned, the dispirited, and the despairing: take heart! A seed of resistance is taking root in a place called Vermont. For the ready, the willing, and the able: take aim—the Gods of Empire can be defeated. Most Likely to Secede, with its intellectual clarity, its moral authority, and its quiet, fierce loyalty to people and place, will show you how."

Lierre Keith, co-author of Deep Green Resistance

"As our complex society unravels and fragments, the voices and ideas of the Vermont secessionists, who seek to carve out small sustainable pockets amid the chaos, will be increasingly important as we seek new paradigms for survival."

Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and co-author with Joe Sacco of Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

"Madison and Jefferson would be proud of this book. Pray read it now. Secede is illumination in the age of unreason, a 21st century Common Sense, a crystal clear analysis of why size matters, and why we must create human(e) institutions to live and work within. Immensity is crushing us, whether the whopper is a multinational corporation, fast food, money center banks, the federal government, modern medicine, the military/industrial complex, the two political parties, or the media. The tyranny of concentrated power is tearing our land, culture and communities apart. If we restore autonomy on local and bioregional levels, the genius, gumption and generosity of American people can breathe and flourish again."

Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest and The Ecology of Commerce

"Imagination and hypothesis at once. Leavened by time and circumstance, an eclectic band of Vermont democrats has at last provided America with a seedbed of hope. To wit: the increasingly vulgar and theoretically challenged national left/right dichotomy can be replaced by a new American paradigm whereby liberty and community are once again united and the Founders' dreams reborn."

Frank Bryan, John G. McCullough Professor of Political Science at the University of Vermont, and author of numerous books on Vermont history and town meeting

"At the heart of the current situation in the United States today is the need to downscale and re-localize everyday life, and that naturally calls into question how we manage our affairs. This excellent anthology voices the arguments around the possible political breakup of the U.S. nation-state."

James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the 21st Century

"Imagine peace. Secure civil liberties. Family farms. Healthy communities in which each person matters. The flourishing of local arts, music, and letters. Political, cultural, and economic decisions made by neighbors rather than distant rulers. Independence. That's the inspiriting vision of these Vermonters. Read them, engage them, argue with them. You just might remember—or learn—what participatory democracy is all about."

Bill Kauffman, author, Ain’t My America and Bye Bye, Miss American Empire

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