February, 2019

  • 12 February

    The Kairos Radical Imperative

    The Kairos Radical Imperative

    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 …

  • 11 February

    Neoliberalism: Neoconservatism Without a Smirk

    Neoliberalism: Neoconservatism Without a Smirk

    It has become increasingly obvious that the only difference between Barack Obama and George W. Bush is that the famous Bush smirk has been replaced by the Obama smile.  The neoconservatism of Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, and Bill O’Reilly has given way to the neoliberalism of Bill Clinton, Timothy Geithner, …

  • 11 February

    History of the Second Vermont Republic

    History of the Second Vermont Republic

    Nearly three years before I moved to Vermont, on October 9, 1990, the Bennington Banner published my article entitled “Should the U.S. Be Downsized?”  Four years later in Challenge(Nov.-Dec. 1994) I wrote: “The time has come both for the individual states and the federal government to begin planning the rational downsizing …

  • 11 February

    Independent Kosovo? Why Not Vermont?

    Independent Kosovo? Why Not Vermont?

    Sean Connery thinks the Scottish nation is a bonnie notion. How about Spain’s Basque country becoming a REAL country? And what’s wrong with a People’s Republic of Vermont? Kosovo‘s looming independence raises all those questions and more. For starters: Why is statehood OK for some people but frowned on for …

  • 11 February

    Americans Rediscover the Right of Self-Determination

    Americans Rediscover the Right of Self-Determination

    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 …

  • 9 February

    Website ADA Compliance: A Beginners Guide

    Website ADA Compliance: A Beginners Guide

    If you aren’t already aware, the ADA stands for the Americans with Disabilities Act. It was enforced several decades ago as a way of preventing discrimination against disabled people. Their policy states that disabled people should have full or equal access to the enjoyment of goods, services, privileges, advantages or …

  • 8 February

    Should You Take a Job if You Don’t Like the Boss?

    Should You Take a Job if You Don’t Like the Boss?

    You invest a great deal of energy at work, and there’s a good chance that you don’t like your boss. If that is the case, those hours can feel long, baffling, and undesirable. Not coexisting with your director is unpleasant – who needs to leave work feeling as if they …

  • 8 February

    Obituary Notice for Vermont/National Press Outlets Thomas H. Naylor, Founder of the Second Vermont Republic

    Obituary Notice for Vermont/National Press Outlets Thomas H. Naylor, Founder of the Second Vermont Republic

    Dubbed “Tom Paine for the 21st Century” by Utne magazine’s Jay Walljasper, Thomas H. Naylor (1936-2012) of Charlotte, Vermont was Professor Emeritus of Economics at Duke University, as well as a writer and a political activist. He passed away on December 12, 2012, after complications resulting from a stroke, and is survived by his wife …

  • 8 February

    George F. Kennan: Godfather of the Vermont Independence Movement

    George F. Kennan: Godfather of the Vermont Independence Movement

    With the publication of John Lewis Gaddis’s new book George F. Kennan:  An American Life(Penguin Press, 2011), the name of the former dean of the American diplomatic corps is once again on the national radar screen.  When George F. Kennan died on March 17, 2005, at the age of 101, few …

  • 8 February

    Radical Nonviolence and the Power of Powerlessness

    Radical Nonviolence and the Power of Powerlessness

    Human killing is an act of nihilism. Violence begets more violence, not the other way around. By whose authority other than the law of the jungle do those who kill or sanction killing set themselves up as a prosecutor, judge, and executioner? War is the ultimate form of having—owning, possessing, …