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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Succeed from US Culture.

To succeed or not to succeed is not the question. On the national news through either the Associated Press or the xenophobic Bill O’Reilly the nation has been informed of the rising secessionist movement in Vermont. Likewise the non-mainstream eco-friendly Orion magazine has followed suit and has spotlighted its growth (read here). While there are some legitimate merits for the call to succeed from the Union, this is a mere distraction from all the positive grass roots efforts in Vermont.

I recently returned to New Jersey and was distracted from many a conversations and had to adhere to statements like “So you all in Vermont are succeeding,” or “I here that you socialists,” or “I figured that all the Socialists like Bernie are for this.” While on one hand I think that the United States government has become a bunch of organized criminals and that the United States Empire has just gone too far with its indoctrination of its policy of global domination I do not think succession is a viable solution. On the other hand, I do support the secessionist movement in Hawaii, where the Hawaiian people are having their cultural identity and land stripped to make way for large scale tourism and military installations.

In Vermont, the vast movement of environmental sustainibilty is something that should be highlighted and broadcasted nationally. The “localvore” movement that is highlighting and broadcasting awareness of our nations food supply is something that should be cherished. What about the mass awareness and usage of alternative energy sources, such as wind, solar and hybrid technologies? Montpelier’s plan on becoming the first green and sustainable state capital should be highlighted. Ariel Zevon’s Local Agriculture Community Exchange in Barre and Anthony Polina’s Vermont Milk Company are fine examples of the good Vermonters are doing; however the media would rather focus on the train wreck mentality.

As for the political side of the equations many individuals within the Vermont legislature have worked continuously to create progressive measures to tackle the energy crises. The serious debate regarding H.520 shows how Vermonters want to remove our dependence on dirty fossil fuels and volatile nuclear energy and that should merit national attention. Instead due to an intellectual discussion on succession; Vermont has been castigated as outcasts.

While there are multiple qualities in the political debate of Vermont that has gone left uncovered by our national news media a frivolous theoretical debate has stripped our reputation. Vermont is a small state, but due to its small friendly communities we shall be able to overcome the negativity and shed some light on the national spectrum. As for succession, we may not be leaving the union politically, but cultural we will maintain our independence and subscribe to the homogenized culture of consumption.

Robb Kidd

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead


At July 09, 2007 12:47 PM, Blogger Little Miss Curious said...

Maybe VT shouldn't secede because it is one of the last bastions of democracy in a nation ruled by corporations. After we dismantle our dysfunctional federal government, Vermont can be a model for the nation as it rebuilds itself as a truly democratic nation.


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