by Ken White
It’s a fascinating thought experiment, and for many of the Vermonters whose essays are collected in Most Likely to Secede, it’s a viable and urgent project: Why, how, and with what beneficial impact could Vermont secede from the United States, and become a radically local, largely self-sustaining democracy?
This book consists mainly of essays from the Vermont Commons, the newsletter where secession is debated and post-separation arrangements proposed. And although the editors admirably did not produce Most Likely to Secede with the intent to “...
What Is It Called When You Outsource Your Autonomy?
So it turns out that friends of the oil industry wrote the environmental impact statement issued by the State Department about the Keystone XL pipeline on March 1. That’s the report that assured people tar sands oil was going to be developed no matter what and anyway, climate change wouldn’t hurt the pipeline.
And it turns out that at least one of the several oil-friendly corporate authors was apparently paid by Trans-Canada, the...
We’ve long appreciated entrepreneur and ecological thinker Paul Hawken’s wisdom and forward-thinking leadership on economic, political and environmental issues. If you haven’t read his booksECOLOGY OF COMMERCE or BLESSED UNREST: HOW THE LARGEST MOVEMENT IN THE WORLD CAME INTO BEING, we recommend them – both are “must reads” for any 21st century citizen.
March 21 marks the one-year anniversary of the day Vermont’s troubled nuclear power plant license to operate expired. One year later, the plant is still splitting atoms but for the first time in almost forty years, Vermonters are not buying any. Entergy remains at odds withstate leaders who are contesting the plants future in Federal Court, beforestate regulators and among activists who have dubbed March 21...
It’s been more than a year now since my posts here on The Archdruid Report veered away from the broader theme of this blog, the decline of industrial civilization, to consider the rise and impending fall of America’s global empire. That was a necessary detour, and the points I’ve tried to explore since last February will have no small impact on the outcome of the broader trajectory of our age.
It’s been a little more than a year since I launched the present series of posts on the end of America’s global empire and the future of democracy in the wake of this nation’s imperial age. Over the next few posts I plan on wrapping that theme up and moving on. However traumatic the decline and fall of the American empire turns out to be, after all, it’s just one part of the broader trajectory that this blog seeks to explore, and other parts of that trajectory deserve discussion as well.