by Kirkpatrick Sale: ‘To
the Size of States There Is a Limit’: Measurements for the Success
has just outlined the strategy that the Second
Vermont Republic is operating under in a paper he has distributed
this week. Though it is (very) specific to Vermont, where there
are now at least nine candidates for the fall election, it should
be of interest and perhaps instruction to secessionists everywhere.
The text follows:
The American Empire is the largest, wealthiest, most powerful,
most materialistic, most racist, most militaristic, most violent
empire of all time. It is owned, operated, and controlled by Wall
Street, Corporate America, and the Israeli Lobby. It has lost its
moral authority and is unsustainable, ungovernable, and, therefore,
1. The Vermont
Mystique. Classic red barns, covered bridges, the picturesque
patchwork pattern of small farms, black-and-white Holsteins, tiny
villages, little rivers, ridges, hollows, valleys, and dirt roads.
2. The Vermont
Village Green. A place where people meet to chat, have a coffee,
a locally brewed beer, a glass of wine, or a bite to eat; read a
newspaper; listen to music; smell the flowers; and pass the time
away. A place which is all about the politics of human scale
small towns, small businesses, small schools, and small churches.
The village green is neat, clean, democratic, radical, nonviolent,
noncommercial, egalitarian, and humane. A mirror image of the way
America once was but no longer knows how to be.
and Goliath Image. What could be more absurd than tiny Vermont,
the second smallest state in the United States in terms of population,
confronting the most powerful empire in history? The image of Vermont
as an underdog is not likely to go unnoticed.
The Republican Party, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal,
and CNBC. [Vermont] Governor Jim Douglas, Lt. Governor Brian Dubie,
the Ethan Allen Institute [John McClaughry], and True North Radio.
The Democratic Party, most of the national media including ABC,
CBS, MSNBC, CNN, PBS, and PBR. Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Patrick
Leahy, Congressman Peter Welch, and their political supporters.
The peaceable return of Vermont to its status as an independent
republic  and the peaceable dissolution of the American
independence by 2015.
of the American Empire by 2020.
Authority. Challenge the moral authority of the U.S. Government,
Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Patrick Leahy, Congressman Peter
Welch, and all of their collaborators.
Model. Unabashedly embrace the socio-economic, political model
of Switzerland, the most sustainable nation-state of all time.
Vermont. Launch a new political party whose aim is to elect
state government officials and members of the legislature committed
to Vermont independence. Once the party has a majority in the legislature,
a motion will be introduced calling for a statewide convention to
consider articles of secession. After these articles of secession
have been approved by a two-thirds majority of the convention delegates,
negotiations will begin with the United States Government for the
peaceable departure of Vermont from the Union.
Commons. Develop the economic, agricultural, energy, and environmental
foundations necessary to support a sustainable, politically independent
Free Vermont. Sow the seeds of peaceable rebellion against the
Empire through Vermont-based music produced by Vermont musicians.
Through the Middlebury Institute, the website SecessionNews.com,
and other networks, reach out to other independence movements in
the United States and elsewhere.
Utilize modern Internet-based social-network technology to raise
money to finance the activities of the SVR Strategic Alliance.
from The Middlebury Institute.
Sale [send him mail], scholar
and prolific writer, heads the Middlebury
2010 Middlebury Institute