Voices of Independence

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Rob Williams
Most Likely to Secede

Rob is a historian, journalist, musician, media consultant, and yak farmer living in Mad River Valley, Vermont. Contact him at editor@vtcommons.org.

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Jim Hogue
Ethan Allen

Jim Hogue is an actor and radio host who operates a small farm. He is currently working on monetary reform including plans for a state bank and state/public currency.

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gary flomenhoft
Third Way Economics

I am a seeker of a new economic paradigm compatible with prosperity, equity, and sustainability.

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Susan Ohanian
Back to Basics

Susan is a longtime teacher, author,  education activist, and  sailor living in Charlotte, Vermont.

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Carolyn Baker
Speaking Truth to Power

Carolyn is an author, workshop leader, collapse coach, and manager of her Speaking Truth to Power website at www.carolynbaker.net

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Gaelan Brown
The Energy Optimist
Gaelan is a writer, marketeer and jack-of-all-trades decentralist focused on sustainability and community resilience at CompostPower.org and OnePercentforthePlanet.org.
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Peter Garritano
Vermont Uncensored

My name is Peter Garritano. I grew up in Delaware and moved to Vermont in 1993 because I loved the green open space.  I am married and have two adult children. I work at Shearer Chevrolet and spend my spare time raising chickens, cows, and trying to offer those around me a different perspective on events that affect their lives. My dream is a world were violence is not accepted as a method to solve problems both personal and political.

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Juliet Buck
Radical SAHM

I am a bioregional decentralist, a writer/satirist and a delicate flower of Yankee womanhood with a profound lack of respect for authority. I am the web and content editor at Vermont Commons, where I labor to liberate the public from the flagrantly false notion that we live in a functional democracy which serves any purpose other than to siphon off the surplus value of our labors to the wealthy elites and corporations who write our laws and dicate our policies via congressional proxies to serve that end.

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Robert Wagner
Prosper Vermont

Robert Wagner is a Vermont homesteader and decentralist who practises permaculture and Georgist economics, is concerned for Vermont's survival, and is running for the Vermont Senate in 2012 on a Home Rule and Limited Constitutional Government platform, as part of the statewide 'Thirty for the Senate' movement to retake Vermont's Senate for the people of Vermont.

Robert is also a qualified Liberty Candidate along with a nationwide slate of candidates including Sheriff Mack and Ron Paul.


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Sherry Ackerman
Good Life

Sherry is a socially engaged philosopher and author of "The Good Life: How to Create a Sustainable and Fulfilling Lifestyle", a book about her 22 years of living on a back-to-the-earth commune in Central Vermont. For more information, see: http://www.sherryackerman.com

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Stephen Lendman
Parsing the Empire

I devote my time to progressive causes, extensive reading and writing on vital world and national topics including; war and peace, American imperialism, corporate dominance, political persecutions, and a range of other social, economic and political issues; and hosting The Progressive Radio News Hour on The Progressive Radio Network.

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Sherwood Ross
Good Causes

Sherwood Ross is an independent journalist who blogs on U.S. politics and imperial foreign policy.

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Thomas Gram
The Pagan Protectionist

I am a spiritually-motivated student of ecology, a pragmatically motivated student of economics, I aspire to be a permaculture herder and butcher and I'm painfully addicted to the tragicomic train-wreck called 'international diplomacy.' I'm always game for speculative analysis and always open to hearing a new opinion.

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James Starkey
Grumpy Old Man

I am a Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Rhode Island.  I like to explore the domain where the social, economic and ecological intersect.  As I age and witness evermore of the "human follies" I grow more evermore pessimistic and grumpy.

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Ellen Brown

I developed my research skills as an attorney practicing civil litigation in Los Angeles and in my writing I show how the federal reserve and the healthcare industry has usurped the power from the people.

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F William Engdahl

F. William Engdahl is an author and analyst of geopolitical and economic issues. His books include: A Century of War : Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order (2011), Gods of Money: Wall Street and the Death of the American Century (2010), Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order (2009) and Seeds of Destruction: The Diabolical World of Genetic Manipulation (2007). 

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Mike Krauss
View From Another Front

Mike Krauss is Chariman of The Pennsylvania Project (ww.papublicbankproject.org), a director of the Public Banking Institute and a consultant to the international distribution and logistics industry. He is a former officer of Pennsylvania county and state government and a regular columnist in suburban Philadlephia newspapers. 

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Ted Glick
Future Hope

Ted Glick has devoted more than 40 years to the progressive social change movement, is the chair of the Essex County (NJ) Green Party, author of "Future Hope: A Winning Strategy for a Just Society" (2000) and has a syndicated newspaper column "Future Hope".

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James Howard Ku...
Clusterfuck Nation

James Howard Kunstler is the author or numerous books including: The Geography of Nowhere ( 1994) The Long Emergency (2006 ), World Made By Hand (2009) and Witch of Hebron (2010). He is the author of the weekly podcast The Kunstlercast, about “the tragic comedy of suburban sprawl.”   He is also an accomplished painter . 

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Dylan Kelley
Eyes on the Ground

Dylan Kelley is a documentary photographer, writer, occasional teacher, and wayfarer who is currently based in Vermont but may yet be encountered in that place just off the edge of the map that you get to when you go looking for something that may or may not exist.

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Charles Eisenstein
Sacred Economics

Charles Eisenstein is the author of The Yoga of Eating (2003), The Ascent of Humanity (2007) and most recently, Sacred Economics(2011) which traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth. 

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Richard Moore
Escaping The Matrix

My career was in the Silicon Valley software industry. In 1994 I retired from that and moved to Ireland to begin my ‘real work’. Ever since then I’ve been trying to understand how the world works, and how we can make it better.

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Matt Cropp
Champlain Co-operator


Matt is fascinated by all things co-op, and is particularly enamored with the history of the credit union movement, which he studied in grad school. His interest in human scale organization and the anti-war movement led him to become a supporter of Vermont's political independence, and he's of the general opinion that any polity with more than a million citizens is bad news bears. When not scraping by as a freelance writer, Matt enjoys snowshoeing, good beer, and taking on more volunteer responsibilities than he can possibly handle. He lives in Burlington with his partner and an oft-neglected houseplant.
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Winslow Wheeler
Pentagon Labyrinth

Winslow Wheeler is the Director of the Straus Military Reform Project of the Center for Defense Information in Washington, DC. He has authored two books: “The Wastrels of Defense” (US Naval Institute Press) about Congress and national security, and “Military Reform” (Greenwood Publishers) on the serious, fundamental problems that currently face America’s defenses. From 1971 to 2002, Wheeler worked on national security issues for members of the U.S. Senate and for the US Government Accountability Office (GAO). In the Senate, Wheeler advised Jacob K. Javits (R. NY), Nancy L. Kassebaum (R, KS), David Pryor (D, AR), and Pete V. Domenici (R, NM). He was the first, and according to Senate records the last, Senate staffer to work simultaneously on the personal staffs of a Republican and a Democrat (Pryor and Kassebaum).

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Greg Guma
Maverick Media

Greg Guma has lived in Vermont since 1968, working as a writer, editor, organizer and small business manager. He edited the Vermont Vanguard Press, Vermont Guardian and Toward Freedom, and is former CEO of Pacifica Radio. Greg is the author of "The People's Republic: Vermont and the Sanders Revolution," the Vermont-based historical novel "Spirits of Desire" and "Inquisitions (and Other Un-American Activities)," a play about the Haymarket affair and other crackdowns on dissent. He currently reporters for VTDigger.org.

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Michael Hudson

Michael Hudson is President of The Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends (ISLET), a Wall Street Financial Analyst, Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City and author of Super-Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire (1968 & 2003), Trade, Development and Foreign Debt (1992 & 2009) and of The Myth of Aid (1971). ISLET engages in research regarding domestic and international finance, national income and balance-sheet accounting with regard to real estate, and the economic history of the ancient Near East.

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Asher Platts
Punk Patriot

Dedicated to Life, Liberty, and pursuit of a less F**cked up government. 

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Derrick Jensen
Deep Green Resistance

Derrick Jensen is the author of Endgame, The Culture of Make Believe, and A Language Older than Words. He writes for Orion, Audubon, and The Sun Magazine, among many others.

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Jennifer Stella
Classical Homeopathy

Jennifer holds a degree in microbiology and is a classically trained Homeopath. She is a citizen advocate supporting health choice. Jennifer serves as VT Director of Advocacy for the National Vaccine Information Center and as Co-Founder of the VT Coalition for Vaccine Choice. Prior to starting her family, Jennifer worked for over a decade in infectious disease diagnostics.

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Mark Doughty
Hitting It Back Over The Net

Mark Doughty has over thirty years of professional experience as an environmental scientist. He has served his community as a member of the zoning board, planning commission, regional planning commission, environmental commission, and selectman. He is a lifelong conservationist and works toward sustainability at the local level.

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William Boardman
Panther Sightings

People tell me I have an unusual capacity for pissing people off, but all I do is try to get it right. I’ve written for network TV, the local weekly, and lots of media in-between – sooner or later, every one has censored something I wrote. I created “The Panther Program” for VPR, until they blacklisted me. I served 20 years as a side judge and the judiciary lynched me only once.

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John Michael Greer
The Archdruid Report

John Michael Greer is the Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America and the author of more than twenty books on a wide range of subjects, including The Long Descent: A User's Guide to the End of the Industrial Age, The Ecotechnic Future: Exploring a Post-Peak World, and The Wealth of Nature: Economics As If Survival Mattered. He lives in Cumberland, MD, an old red brick mill town in the north central Appalachians, with his wife Sara.

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Abigail Clark
Becoming a Vermonter

Abigail Clark is an aspiring travel writer who loves a good book, the smell of fall, and a good bottle of wine. She will be graduating from Champlain College in 2013 with a BS in Professional Writing.

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Jack Russo
The LeftLibertarian

Jack is an undergraduate at SUNY Binghamton, an advocate of Vermont Independence, opponent of Imperialism and lover of Liberty. Although he writes for the campus conservative paper, Jack feels it is important to work with progressives to return power to the people.