Why Liberalism Failed (BOOK REVIEW)

“Liberal theorists failed to recognize that traditional culture, embedded in heritage, custom, place, community, and shared values, provided essential psychological nutrients, without which human beings cannot thrive and may well turn monstrous…the key, for Deneen, is to rebuild small scale… Continue Reading

Vermont Town Meeting Day 2018: A “Space For Communal Liberty” (DIRECT DEMOCRACY)

Publisher’s note: At day’s end, Vermont town meeting is about three things; 1) upholding the principle of direct democracy at the local level; 2) embracing the process of shared public deliberation; and 3) embodying citizen participation in the legislative arena. … Continue Reading

US Empire Collapse and a 2nd Vermont Republic: 7 Ways To Prepare (MEDIUM)

Publisher’s Note: Good advice here, as we in the Green Mountains confront US imperial collapse and the reinvention of Vermont as an independent republic once again. 1. Nourish your relationships. That friend you haven’t called in a decade? That cousin… Continue Reading

Vermont’s Annual Town Meeting Day: Where Every Citizen Is A Legislator (DIRECT DEMOCRACY)

“All extensive governments have a natural tendency to destroy that equality among the people, which was necessary to keep one part of mankind from oppressing the other.” – Norwich, Vermont farmer Daniel Buck; March 1791 Today – March 4 in… Continue Reading

The Proposed Pentagon F-35 BTV Base’ing – What Does It Mean For Vermont? (PLAN V-TV/33)

Watch our latest episode of PLAN V-TV on the F-35 right here. Not even the Pentagon and the Department of Defense like the F-35 joint strike fighter, which is FOUR times as loud as the current F-16, and has its… Continue Reading

From #BernieBros to #PutinPuppets – The “#RussiaHackedThe2016Election Meme Mutates, Again (FAKE NEWS)

So, now, according to “US Special Counsel Robert Mueller,” the 2016 US presidential campaigns of insurgent Democrat/Vermonter Bernie Sanders and Green Party candidate Jill Stein are both tarred with the brush of “Russian meddling.” #MemeMutation = rinse, wash, repeat, and… Continue Reading

The Post (Truth) World: Reviving the “Propaganda Model Of News” For Our Digital Age

Let’s begin with some multimedia “news” artifacts. Here is how the SnapChat platform “news feed” presents “news’ to its users. Snapchat “News” Feed from February 22, 2018. 2) Publisher’s Note: Let’s update Ed Herman and Noam Chomsky’s “Propaganda Model of… Continue Reading