Obama’s Secret Trade Deal
Out of public view the Obama administration is negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, a US-led free trade deal with several Pacific Rim countries. Six hundred US corporate advisers have had input, but so far the text hasn’t been shared with the public or media.
The level of secrecy is unprecedented. During discussions paramilitary teams guard the premises, helicopters loom overhead, and there’s a near-total media blackout on the subject. US Senator Ron Wyden, who chairs the congressional committee with...

“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...


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.


"Imagine peace. Secure civil liberties. Family farms. Healthy communities in which each person matters. The flourishing of local arts, music, and letters. Political, cultural, and economic decisions made by neighbors rather than distant rulers. Independence. That’s the inspiriting vision of these Vermonters. Read them, engage them, argue with them. You just might remember–or learn–what participatory democracy is all about."

So writes...


Dr. Chellis Glendinning is one of the West’s most provocative and original thinkers, writers, and do’ers. Her book Off the Map: An Expedition Deep into Empire and the Global Economy, is an intimate exploration of the U.S. of Empire.

After reading our new book MOST LIKELY TO SECEDE, she wrote us from Bolivia:

“Steeped in Jeffersonian decentralism, pro-democracy sentiment, and love of land, the mad farmers, sheep growers, and legal...


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 “...


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...

Until recently, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter had been having a pretty rough time.


If these worries become really serious, . . . [s]mall savers will take their money out of banks and resort to household safes and a shotgun." --Martin Hutchinson on the attempted EU raid on private deposits in Cyprus banks.

The deposit confiscation scheme has long been in the making.  US depositors could be next . . . .

On Tuesday, March 19, the national legislature of Cyprus overwhelmingly rejected a proposed levy on bank deposits as a condition for a European bailout...

"The name Commons suggests that the essential alternative to concentrated power and empire is the community or the commonwealth—a shared endeavor to live in harmony with each other and with the larger “biotic community” as Aldo Leopold called the living world. As Peter Barnes defines this concept in his visionary book Capitalism 3.0, the “commons” includes “a set of assets that have two characteristics: they’re all gifts, and they’re all shared.” These assets may be unearned gifts from nature (such as air, water, photosynthesis, seeds,...


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