The Green Mountain Independence
The Second Vermont Republic is a
peaceful, democratic, grassroots solidarity movement committed to the return of
Vermont to its rightful status as an independent republic as was the case in
1791 and to support Vermont's future development as a separate, sustainable
nation-state. Members of the Second Vermont Republic subscribe to the
- Political Independence. Our primary objective is
to extricate Vermont peacefully from the United States as soon as possible.
- Direct Democracy. Vermont's strong democratic
tradition is grounded in its town meetings which have served as the state's
political mainstay for over two centuries. We favor devolution of power from
the federal and state governments back to local communities and the extension
of participatory democracy to the workplace and the farm..
- Sustainability. We celebrate and support
Vermont's small, clean, green, sustainable, socially responsible towns, farms,
businesses, schools, and churches. We encourage family owned farms and
businesses to produce innovative, premium-quality, high-value added, healthy
products. We also believe that energy independence is an essential goal
towards which to strive.
- Economic Solidarity. We encourage Vermonters to
buy locally produced products from small local merchants rather than from
giant, out-of-state mega stores. We support trade with nearby states and
- Quality Education. We would return to local
Vermont communities the control and financing of small local schools.
- Wellness. We encourage small locally controlled
health care systems similar to those found in Switzerland in which, unlike the
United States, patients, physicians, clinics, hospitals, and insurance
providers are all in community with one another.
- Nonviolence. Consistent with Vermont's long
history of nonviolence, we do not condone state-sponsored violence inflicted
either by military or law enforcement officials. However, we do support a
voluntary citizens' militia to restore order in the event of political unrest
or natural disasters. We are unconditionally opposed to any form of military
- Foreign Policy. We also favor negotiations with
Maine, New Hampshire and the four Atlantic provinces of Canada possibly to
create a New Atlantic Confederacy - a nation about the size of Denmark. We
would not rule out similar negotiations with Quebec, as well as membership in
Membership. Second Vermont Republic
membership is open to anyone who subscribes to these principles, regardless of
race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation