*Most Likely to Secede
> is now available
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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
21^st Century <http://media.chelseagreen.com/most-likely-to-secede/
*$19.95 Paperback -- 256 pages -- Edited by Ron Miller and Rob Williams
-- Vermont Independence Press -- ISBN 9781603585026*
*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. In 2011 he retired to
run an independent bookstore in Woodstock, Vermont. He has served on the
Vermont Commons editorial board since 2007.
*Rob Williams* is the publisher of /Vermont Commons: Voices of
Independence/. He is a Vermont-based professor, farmer, musician,
historian and journalist who teaches F2F 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.
"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.
---*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
"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
"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/
"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 /
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