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"Secession may seem like an outlandish idea at first, but when considered forthrightly and un-prejudicially it becomes a powerful alternative to other kinds of political action. Thomas Naylor has here charted a brave and inspiring course for any American interested in practical, useful, thoroughgoing social and political change in America."-from the introduction by Kirkpatrick Sale, author of Rebels Against the Future
Secession, the growing and evolving means to fundamentally change our national government, has been the recent subject of major articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The O'Reilly Factor.
Thomas H. Naylor, professor emeritus of Duke University and co-author of Affluenza and The Search for Meaning, is founder and chair of the Second Vermont Republic, the foremost secessionist organization in the country.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.75" Weight: 0.32 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2008
Publisher Feral House
ISBN 1932595309 ISBN13 9781932595307
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More About Thomas H. Naylor & Kirkpatrick Sale
John de Graaf has worked with KCTS-TV, the Seattle PBS affiliate, for twenty-four years as an independent documentary producer. More than fifteen of his programs have been broadcast in prime time nationally on PBS. He 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.
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Could have been better Aug 12, 2008
The author most often argues from emotion not logic. There is good information about how succesion could be done. A suggestion for reading this, skip chapter one. Many problems are identified, but are incoherently lumped together. With no attempt to find an underlying cause, this chapter is a snowball rolling down hill.
Helpful to the cause of secession, but full of technophobia Jul 23, 2008
An interesting read. He makes some great points about why the United States is destined to fall, and constructs many good arguments for the approach of secession to terminate it with some dignity.
That said, the author claims to be a computer science professor, which makes his luddism all the more spectacular. I'm a big fan of organic food, sustainable farming, renewable power, etc., but the notion that computers and networking (for example) are responsible for the state of civic discourse in the United States is demonstrably false: in fact, the internet is almost singlehandedly responsible for the increased awareness of alternatives to centralized control--from secession to libertarianism to anarchy--among the populace.
Furthermore, his grasp of economics is poor to say the least. He gets many of the symptoms right, including consumerism and debt financing, but doesn't demonstrate that he understands why these problems exist, nor how he would solve them.
Anyone interested in this book would do better, in my opinion, to first read a combination of The Omnivore's Dilemma and Ron Paul's The Revolution: A Manifesto, as well as (perhaps) Hoppe's Democracy: The God that Failed and Murray Rothbard's What Has Government Done to Our Money? (also available for free at mises.org). At that point, the reader will be better equipped to pull the interesting bits from this book and be able to point out the flaws in the rest.
Is secession the answer to ouir problems? Jul 2, 2008
I believe books of this type are very important as Americans try to cope with ever decreasing efficiencies of government and the accompanying increasing of injustice.
This book puts forth a viable alternative to the massive federal system of supposedly sovereign states we now have, and it should not be lightly dismissed as many are wont to do.
I would like to see the U.S. break-up into several smaller confederations, and perhaps Northern New England is the place to start! All great empires fall apart. Let's do it with dignity!
This book is a must read!
The end of Federal tyranny is on the way! Jun 3, 2008
Professor Naylor provides a brilliant rationale for secession from the degenerate zionist controlled American Empire. Neither revolution nor reformation is a viable option at this time so why not a third way? Secession, an idea whose time has come. Secession, the answer to tyranny. Why be a slave when you can be free? After reading this tome you will want to pack your bags and head for Vermont to take part in what will no doubt be the climatic struggle for freedom in this century. Where do I sign up to join the Second Vermont Republic?