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

“Gun Control” In Vermont’s Green Mountains – Let’s Get Real

Publisher’s Note: Vermont has the most permissive gun laws in the US of Empire, and among the lowest rates of homicide. What gives? Last week, we crunched the numbers on gun deaths in Vermont over six years, with the help… 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

Vermont, Meet The Koreas (2VR @ The Olympics)

The Winter Olympics begin tomorrow in South Korea, and because Vermonters collectively kick ass @ Winter, we are sending more athletes per capita (nearly 30) to Pyeongchang than any of the other 50 states in the US of Empire. (Yes… Continue Reading

NET NEUTRALITY: Vermont Joins The Fight To Protect a Free and Open Internet! (WHAT THE FCC?)

NOTE: Updated on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Individual states are challenging the FCC/Feds on “Net Neutrality.” (VI backstory here). “When Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) signed an executive order Monday, the state of Montana became the first to require internet service… Continue Reading

Vermont Governor Phil Scott’s 2018 “State Of Our Once And Future Republic” Address (PLAN ‘V’, Anyone?!)

Publisher’s Note: Sandwiched between a mythical celebration of Vermont’s independent origins and Vermonters who won the so-called Civil War for the “Union,” Governor Scott delivers a depressing message of visionless half measures and “austerity”-related belt tightening. Here’s Plan ‘V’ –… Continue Reading

Free Mary Jane, Free Vermont – Cannabis Reform Advocates To Assemble At Statehouse on January 9 (Grassroots Networking)

Publisher’s Note: Vermont Independent has championed a legalized, regulated, taxed hemp and cannabis economy in the Green Mountains for several years now. Highlights: 1-Watch our recent Plan V-TV Episode 24 exploring legalizing cannabis here in the once and future Vermont… Continue Reading

Vermont Legislature Declares January “Vermont Independence Month” – Here Are TEN Ways To Support Our 2nd Vermont Republic (2VR) !

In 1777, Vermonters established Vermont as an independent country and sovereign republic – “the only state of 50 that self-constituted itself as an independent republic,” according to constitutional historian Peter S. Onuf. The 1Vr (1st Vermont Republic) existed from 1777… Continue Reading