Champlain College Professor Publishes Book on the Vermont Independence Movement

Champlain College Professor Rob Williams, and his co-editor Ron Miller have released their new book, 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. The book, published by The Vermont Independent Press, features dispatches from Vermont Commons: Voices of Independence news journal.

Most Likely to Secede is a provocative and visionary response to the political and economic decay of the U.S. empire. Defying conventional categories of "left" and "right," a diverse group of activists, scholars and entrepreneurs explore relocalized ways of meeting our essential needs for food, energy, financial stability and a robust community life. They explain why powerful highly centralized institutions, from government and global corporations to colossal educational and medical systems, mass media and agribusiness, conspire to destroy community, erode democracy, and enrich an elite few at the expense of everyone else. The authors argue that these monolithic and dysfunctional institutions will be unable to cope with an impending crisis brought about by climate change, depletion of resources, and collapse of the global economy.

In Vermont, long admired for its strong communities, careful stewardship of the land, and democratic governance, citizens are responding to this crisis proactively, through local and regional efforts toward greater self-reliance and resilience. Some have even concluded that political separation from empire-that is, nonviolent secession-is necessary for achieving these goals. Most Likely to Secede draws from observations and reflections on Vermont independence efforts that have been published since 2005 in the journal Vermont Commons: Voices Of Independence, also published by Williams. These radical but reasonable essays challenge the stale platitudes of the current political scene and point the way toward a livable future.

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ISBN: 978-1-60358-502-6, 280 pages, 6 x 9, $19.95, paperback
Publication Date: 3/31/13

Distributed by Chelsea Green Publishing

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