against itself cannot stand.

A Vermont group advocates the secession of Vermont from the union after 217 years of statehood. The “empire” has served its purpose, they argue. Smaller is better; villages are green and golden; Vermont can lead the way. Says Thomas Naylor, Duke economist and one of the founders of the group:

“Vermont wants out. We have two objectives. One: The peaceful secession of Vermont from the empire. Two: The peaceful dissolution of the empire itself. This is much bigger than a bunch of guys talking about secession. America needs a new metaphor; Vermont stands ready to provide it.”

The separation would mean Vermonters could “disengage from the Wall Street global economy” and cease contributing tax dollars to the federal government’s $700 billion bailout and its military operations.

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Meanwhile, the League of South, who held its 15th Annual National Conference with the theme of the conference was “Surviving The Empire’s Collapse”, has received increased interest.

The group is much more tame in their independence plans: they say they are not looking for an 1860-style secession but, rather, a model like the one Spain is moving toward, in which there’s “a great deal of autonomy for constituent regions”.

As an American Conservative article puts it,

“the idea of political separatism is as American as America. From the 13 colonies declaring their independence from the British Crown in 1776, to the rash of state-splittings that took place during the early years of the Republic, to Norman Mailer’s secessionist 1969 campaign for mayor of New York City, the aura of divisibility has long been a part of the American tradition.”

a satire from the first Secession War

Secession Explored: a satire from the first Secession War