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“It’s clear to anyone with a pulse that we’re in terrible trouble: as citizens who need a polity, as humans who need a community, as animals who need a home. For the disillusioned, the dispirited, and the despairing: take heart! A seed of resistance is taking root in a place called Vermont. For the ready, the willing, and the able: take aim–the Gods of Empire can be defeated. Most Likely to Secede, with its intellectual clarity, its moral authority, and its quiet, fierce loyalty to people and place, will show you how.”

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“At the heart of the current situation in the United States today is the need to downscale and re-localize everyday life, and that naturally calls into question how we manage our affairs. This excellent anthology – Most Likely To Secede – voices the arguments around the possible political breakup of the U.S. nation-state.”

So writes Clusterfuck Nation blogger and futurist James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency, of...

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Over the nearly seven years I’ve spent blogging on The Archdruid Report, the themes of my weekly posts have veered back and forth between pragmatic ways to deal with the crisis of our time and the landscape of ideas that give those steps their meaning.  That’s been unavoidable, since what I’ve been trying to communicate here is as much a way of looking at the world as it is a set of practices that unfold from that viewpoint, and a set of habits of observation that focus attention on details most people these days tend to ignore.

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Confiscating the customer deposits in Cyprus banks, it seems, was not a one-off, desperate idea of a few Eurozone “troika” officials scrambling to salvage their balance sheets. A joint paper by the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Bank of England dated December 10, 2012, shows that these plans have been long in the making; that they originated with the G20 Financial Stability Board in Basel, Switzerland (discussed earlier here); and that the result will be to deliver clear title to the banks of depositor funds.  ...

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By Paul Fleckenstein and James Marc Leas

Faced with snowballing criticism of the F-35 program as the most expensive, wasteful, and ineffective weapons system in history, “The Most Expensive Weapon Ever Built,” Time magazine, Feb. 25, 2013, Sen. Patrick Leahy, the most senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, dropped three bombshells in a widely circulated letter to constituent Christopher Hurd...

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One of the wry amusements to be had from writing a blog that routinely contradicts the conventional wisdom of our time is the way that defenders of that same conventional wisdom tend to react.  You might think that those who are repeating what most people believe would take advantage of that fact, and present themselves as the voice of the majority, speaking for the collective consensus of our time.
 
In the nearly seven years since I started this blog, though, the number of times that’s happened can be counted neatly on the fingers of one foot.  Instead, those who rehash the...
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What Is It Called When You Outsource Your Autonomy?

So it turns out that friends of the oil industry wrote the environmental impact [1]statement[1] 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...

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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.

After reading an advance copy of our...
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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...

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This letter is to the editor of the Valley News.

Dear Editor,

On March 14, 2013, I sent the following letter (see printed below), to you via your website. I was called to verify my identity the next day - but alas, the letter never got printed.

 I am now very curious as to why letters from New York (Rho's pro-forced vaccination piece), which have already been printed elsewhere, can be given full page space printed in the editorial page of your news establishment, while Vermont letters which explain the other perspective as opinions, are not printed. 



Perhaps it is just an oversight, and if so, I hope we can rectify the situation...

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