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Time Magazine Covers Secessionists in Vermont

February 2, 2010

The nut:

On Jan. 15, in the state capital of Montpelier, nine candidates for statewide office gathered in a tiny room at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, to announce they wanted a divorce from the United States of America. “For the first time in over 150 years, secession and political independence from the U.S. will be front and center in a statewide New England political campaign,” said Thomas Naylor, 73, one of the leaders of the campaign.

A former Duke University economics professor, Naylor heads up the Second Vermont Republic, which he describes as “left-libertarian, anti-big government, anti-empire, antiwar, with small is beautiful as our guiding philosophy.” The group not only advocates the peaceful secession of Vermont but has minted its own silver “token” — valued at $25 — and, as part of a publishing venture with another secessionist group, runs a monthly newspaper called Vermont Commons, with a circulation of 10,000. According to a 2007 poll, they have support from at least 13% of state voters.

That poll was taken three years ago during the Bush presidency, so who knows how much support there is now. Still, you have to admire the push, especially by greeny-lefties in a New England state with good ski slopes. You can read the Vermont Commons here. And we’ve previously written on secession during our annual “Secession Week” blogging extravaganza.


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