After a hiatus of nearly 150 years following the Civil War, over a million Americans have recently rediscovered the word secession, one of the most toxic, politically incorrect words in American English. Never mind the fact that our nation was actually born out of secession from England back in 1776.
Since the re-election of Barack Obama on November 6, thousands of Americans have been signing petitions each day on a White House website known as “We the People” calling for the secession of their respective states from the Union. Continue reading
At the height of the Civil Rights and Anti-Vietnam War movements back in the late 1960s, the political activism of three professional groups contributed significantly to the success of the two movements – lawyers, clergy, and academics. Liberal attorneys challenged the constitutionality and legality of racial segregation as well as the Vietnam War. Mainline Protestant ministers, Catholic priests, and Jewish rabbis raised questions about whether racism and war were compatible with God’s will. Academics not only questioned the morality of the War and racial injustice, but also the political, economic, social, and psychological consequences of such aberrant behavior. Continue reading
The Vermont Commons: Voices of Independence COOP provides an organizational news model that is transparent and equitable, one that balances crowdsourcing of actions, access to leadership positions, and governance by an accountable decision-making body.
The Vermont Commons: Voices of Independence COOP will enable contributors here in the Green Mountains and beyond to financially, intellectually and organizationally support the COOP’s goal of promoting energy independence, regenerative agriculture, governance uncontaminated by the influence of non-persons, monetary sovereignty and a republican culture able to shrug off the burden of Empire in the service of the Military Industrial Complex. Continue reading
Kairos: A Greek word for a very special time fraught with decisive consequences for good or evil when momentous things are happening, new possibilities arise, more degrees of freedom emerge, and the opportunity to seize the moment appears. A time for renewal and nonviolent action when the forces of light rise up against the forces of darkness.
So said German theologian Paul Tillich shortly after World War I. With the emergence of “religious socialism” in Europe, Tillich saw what he thought was a Kairos according to theologian Robert McAfee Brown, “a time that God was seeking to use, and to which humanity was called upon to respond – an historical era in which a new political order responsive to religious concerns, and a new religious sensibility deeply immersed in the political order, could join forces.”
Unfortunately, this Kairos did not come to be or went unrecognized by Europeans. Rather the European experience included Adolf Hitler, the Holocaust, World War II, and the Cold War, not a pretty sight. Continue reading
As I watched all the muscle flexing and prideful posturing of both candidates for President during the debates, a quote from one of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s sermons came to mind:
“God’s victory means our defeat, our humiliation; it means God’s derision and wrath at all human pretension of might, at humans puffing themselves up and thinking they are somebodies themselves. It means the world and its shouting is silenced, that all our ideas and plans are frustrated; it means the cross.” Continue reading
How was it possible for President Barack Obama to have accomplished so little in four years and to have completely betrayed the liberal political base of the Democratic Party and yet still defeat Republican challenger Mitt Romney? An underfunded economic stimulus package and a flawed, unsustainable health care program were said to have been his major achievements. Not only did he vigorously continue the Bush administration’s war on terror, the rendition of terrorist suspects, prisoner abuse and torture, the suppression of civil liberties, and citizen surveillance, but he promoted the use of drones, death squads, and the new F-35 fighter jet. Last, but by no means least, he inaugurated a so-called White House kill list and granted himself the authority to order the assassination of anyone, anywhere, anytime, with no questions asked, no trial, no due process. Continue reading
October 11, 2003 – SVR holds first statewide meeting at Bread & Puppet Theater in Glover, VT.
June 19, 2004 – Parade in downtown Montpelier with Bread & Puppet followed by State House rally attended by 350 people. Vermont declares independence.
November 5-7, 2004 – SVR and the Fourth World sponsor an international conference on “After the Fall of America, Then What?” The Middlebury Institute is launched. Continue reading