John de Graaf is an independent documentary producer who is the recipient of more than 100 awards for filmmaking, including three Emmy awards. He is currently active in the Happiness Initiative (www.happycounts.org) and is an advisor to the prime minister of Bhutan.
David Wann is the author of ten books on sustainable lifestyles and designs and the producer of twenty-five documentaries, several of them award winners. He codesigned the cohousing neighborhood he lives in and coordinates the community garden.
Thomas H. Naylor is a professor emeritus of economics at Duke University and is the author of over thirty books.
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Vermont Manifesto is a serious examination of our God given right of self governance and that rights implication for secession. Dr. Naylor has made a persuasive case of the identical response to todays train of abuses that lead the Founders to secede from King Georges tyranny.
--Walter E. Williams John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics, George Mason University
In 1991 the Soviet Union was peacefully dissolved by the secession of 15 states. It had become simply too large and centralized. So has the American Union. Thoughtful people from every side of the political spectrum are beginning to realize that the only check to the tyranny, insecurity, and spirit numbing mass culture that continued centralization would bring is to seriously consider breaking the American empire up into alternative unions and/or smaller polities. Professor Naylor is part of this debate, and has made a compelling case that little Vermont would be better off out of the Union than in it.
--Donald W. Livingston Professor of Philosophy, Emory University
I must assure you of my pleasure in, and approval of, your views on the Second Vermont Republic. The assertion by Vermonters of a sensible foreign policy is wonderfully to the good. You have my agreement and my admiration.
--John Kenneth Galbraith Retired Harvard Economist
In the idea of the three American states ultimate independence, whether separately or in union, I see nothing fanciful, and nothing towards the realization of which the efforts of enlightened people might not be usefully directed. It is, to my mind, neither fanciful nor unjustified for us to hold in mind at this time the whole problem of the future development of the relationship with the northern parts of this country and their immediate Canadian neighbors.
--George F. Kennan Former Ambassador to Russia and Professor Emeritus, Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton
Thomas Naylor makes a powerful case for an independent Vermont. I think folks may soon be ready to consider the kind of wise and humane radicalism he recommends.
--Bill Kauffman Author of Dispatches from The Muckdog Gazette
There are very few radical thinkers. Thomas Naylor is one of the most courageous of these. Distinguished, deeply moral, genius wild man.
--Carolyn Chute Author of The Beans of Egypt, Maine, Merry Men and Snow Man
Tom Naylor makes a serious case for an independent Vermont, a Second Vermont Republic that could immediately enter the world of nations and thereby begin the peaceful, democratic, and indeed moral process of disuniting the United States.
--Frank Bryan University of Vermont Professor and Author of Real Democracy
From the standpoint of puppeteers and their subversive papiermch, the Vermont Second Republic sounds like a very good idea to fight the megalomania of the globalizers.
--Peter Schumann Founder, Bread & Puppet Theater