When my family moved to Vermont in 1993, it was due in no small part to the fact that we thought the Green Mountain state was different from most states, very different. We perceived Vermont to be smaller, more rural, more democratic, less violent, less commercial, more egalitarian, more humane, more independent, and more radical than most other states. It seemed as though Vermont might provide a communitarian alternative to the dehumanized, mass-production, mass-consumption, narcissistic lifestyle which pervades most of America – an alternative to a nation obsessed with money, power, size, speed, greed and fear of terrorism.
Unfortunately, we were mistaken. Vermont has lost its soul. Not unlike every other state, Vermont has succumbed to all of the tenets of technofascism including affluenza, technomania, e-mania, megalomania, robotism, globalization, and imperialism. All too many Vermonters have embraced an empire which is too big, too intrusive, too materialistic, too environmentally irresponsible, too militarized, too imperialistic, too violent, too greedy, too undemocratic, and too unresponsive to the needs of individual citizens and local communities. Notwithstanding overwhelming evidence to the contrary, most Vermonters still believe that only the federal government can solve all of our problems all of the time.