R.I.P., Thomas H. Naylor, founder of the Second Vermont Republic 1

It is with great regret that I must inform our readers of the passing of Thomas  H. Naylor, founder of the Second Vermont Republic. I received word earlier this evening that Tom passed away last night after a sudden stroke at the age of 76.

Fortunately, I was able to interview Tom for my podcast on Voice of Reason earlier this year. The interview can be heard here.

Tom was the author of thirteen books, including three on secession, and one of his books, Downsizing the USA,  was crucial in the development of my own political outlook. It was largely due to Tom’s influence that I came to realize that decentralized micronations achieved through pan-secession are the most viable alternative to the Leviathan mega-states that plague us today. I cannot recommend Tom’s voluminous body of writings of these issue highly enough.  Many of Tom’s essays on secession, decentralization, and related subjects can be found in the archives of the Second Vermont Republic website.  

I have published Tom’s final essay in its entirety below.

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Dissolution Could Be Better Option for States Than All-Out Secession 1

An interesting take on secession.

• People can withdraw their consent to be ruled by corrupt government

By Mark Anderson
from: American Free Press

Looking at recent headlines about citizens in the 50 states wanting to secede from the federal government, it’s tempting to conclude that they should secede from the federal union due to widespread disgust over Washington’s mismanagement and suffocating central control. But another important concept puts the idea of secession in a new light and suggests there is an alternative in case the White House ignores the people.

That other concept, rarely discussed, is dissolution of the Union. In this context, dissolution means that the modern federal government, through layers of radical statutes, executive orders and harmful constitutional amendments, has departed from the people’s intended constitutional order to such an extreme degree that it has become a different government, alien to the original system laid down by the nation’s founders. Therefore, the constitutional government we’re supposed to be living under has been dissolved.

“You wouldn’t secede from a dissolved government anymore than you would divorce a deceased spouse,” said Ron Avery, a Texas patriot well versed in the writings of America’s founders.

AMERICAN FREE PRESS sat down with Avery to gain a better understanding of this perspective. As Avery sees it, the issue boils down to this: Since the states and their people, which created the original federal government, are being ruled by a rogue regime that reset the dials so much that it overthrew the original constitutional order, then seceding from that unlawful, alien regime is a form of tacit acknowledgement of that imposter government’s legitimacy.

“You don’t secede from a dead union—[instead] you declare it dissolved,” Avery said.

Those freed states could stay separate or form their own unions, he added.

Avery stressed what he sees as a major flaw of secession: It basically “leaves in place” the rogue federal regime that rules its United States subjects and controls most of the world by force and fear. More…

Stirrings of Secession 1

By Pat Buchanan

“When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another …”

So begins the Declaration of Independence of the 13 colonies from the king and country to which they had given allegiance since the settlers first came to Jamestown and Plymouth Rock.

The declaration was signed by 56 angry old white guys who had had enough of what the Cousins were doing to them. In seceding from the mother country, these patriots put their lives, fortunes and honor on the line.

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Parting Company Reply

By Walter Williams

For decades, it has been obvious that there are irreconcilable differences between Americans who want to control the lives of others and those who wish to be left alone. Which is the more peaceful solution: Americans using the brute force of government to beat liberty-minded people into submission or simply parting company? In a marriage, where vows are ignored and broken, divorce is the most peaceful solution. Similarly, our constitutional and human rights have been increasingly violated by a government instituted to protect them. Americans who support constitutional abrogation have no intention of mending their ways.

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Divided States of America: Nation Most Polarized in 70 Years Reply

By Kyle Becker

The Wall Street Journal has put the results of the 2012 election in historical perspective: there are more single-party controlled states than at any point in the last 70 years. There have been few times in this nation’s young history when Americans have been more divided about what direction the country should be heading.

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United Nations Moves to Impose International Treaties On States Legalizing Marijuana Reply

By Kurt Nimmo

The United Nations has declared Colorado and Washington in violation of international treaties following ballot initiatives that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana.

The President of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), Raymond Yans, has voiced “grave concern about the outcome of recent referenda in the United States of America that would allow the non-medical use of cannabis by adults in the states of Colorado and Washington, and in some cities in the states of Michigan and Vermont,” according to an INCB press release. The INCB is a quasi-judicial “control organ” for the implementation of the United Nations drug conventions.

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WAYNE STURGEON INTERVIEWS CRAIG FITZGERALD ON NATIONAL ANARCHISM Reply

This interview is included in the recently released National-Anarchism: Ideas and Concepts, edited by Troy Southgate and available from Black Front Press.

1) Please could you introduce yourself, your background, and how you define national anarchism?

I am a native New Yorker, agrarian separatist homesteader, and spokesman for the National Anarchist Tribal Alliance NY. I was raised around the patriot/militia movement and since my early teenage years I have been involved with a wide array of radical political groups and causes from anarchist groups to populist American nationalist and anti-Zionist circles. More recently but previous to the founding of NATA in 2010, I mainly focused my attention on attempting to build bridges between the radical and anti statist “left” and “right” (with limited success). I have worked with the 2008 Ron Paul campaign, WeAreChangeNYC, Young Americans for Liberty, End the Fed, the John Birch Society (JBS), and been involved with the Constitution and Libertarian parties. More…

Join, or Die 2

by R.J. Jacob

Conspiratorialism and traditional distrust in elites has shaped American history since its initial conception beginning with the Anglo-Republicanism of the 17th century and it’s conspiratorial views of Charles I and James II, to the Boston Tea Party British colonists who saw More…

Progressives on the Secession Petitions 2

by Spencer Pearson

hat would have happened if Romney had won the recent presidential election? Let us remember that the margin, at least in the popular vote was 2.8%, so this is hardly an unthinkable proposition. It’s a fairly safe bet that there would be a fairly safe bet that there would be a fairly substantial debate going on right now as to how much racism played a part in Obama’s defeat. There would undoubtedly be a general gnashing of teeth More…

Greg Johnson, Kevin MacDonald, & Matt Parrott – Round Table on Secession Reply

Matt Parrot sees a future of National Anarchist like groups exploding across North America.

Counter-Currents Radio

Greg Johnson, Kevin MacDonald, and Matt Parrott discuss a number of topics:

  • Kevin MacDonald’s article “Disenfranchised White Males: Time for Secession
  • The reaction to this article in Foreign Policy
  • The prospects for secession from the United States
  • The lines along which the United States could break up
  • The course of events that could lead to secession
  • Blue state secessionism

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White nationalists, neo-Nazis and Klan sympathizers are now casting their lot with disgruntled conservatives

By Mark Potok, Southern Poverty Law Center

Salon

Radical right joins in secession frenzy

Hundreds of thousands of disgruntled conservatives, still smarting from the re-election of President Obama last week, are signing petitions to allow more than 30 states to secede from the United States — and they are being joined by a motley collection of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Klan sympathizers.

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Petitions seeking White House approval to ‘secede’ now come from 47 states 3

The Daily Caller

Conservatives have voted more than 375,000 times since Election Day to pick  up their marbles and go home. That’s how many virtual signatures appeared Monday  night, as clocks in Washington, D.C. chimed midnight, on petitions asking  President Barack Obama’s administration to allow 47 of the 50 U.S. states to  secede from the country.

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Economic Separatism in Europe: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Reply

americanthinker.com
Mike Konrad

As Europe’s economy collapses, a new brand of separatism is arising in Europe: Economic separatism.  Ironically, a closer look indicates that these separatists will only be recapitulating the errors of their current arrangements — and should they win independence, it may profit them nothing.

Catalonia is probably the first place to start.  It is Spain’s Ruhr, an industrial and economic powerhouse.  Along with the Basque country, Catalonia is one of the engines which has kept Spain afloat and prosperous for many decades.  It is now clamoring for independence from Spain.  Thirty percent of Catalans recently protested in the streets of Barcelona, demanding separation from Madrid.

A central complaint among Catalans is that they are massively subsidizing the rest of Spain.  They see the central Madrid government as a money pit where their taxes go and never return.  They are tired of floating the rest of the country while their provincial bridges, roads, and physical plant go unmaintained.  The Catalans want out. More…

Secession—it’s all the rage Reply

By Wufnik

Scholars & Rogues

If Barack Obama wins a second term in the White House, Frank Rich has suggested, the Right is going to go absolutely nuts. I suspect Rich is correct—we haven’t seen anything like the rage that will consume the Right, who have up to now convinced themselves that the polls are skewed or something. There will considerable denial, and then another lurch to the right. Larison has this spot on as well, as do any other number of commentators. As a result, we can expect secession fever to ratchet up. We’ve gone over this a number of times on this blog—S&R have provided a number of postson the fact that while we might regard it as desirable that a bunch of the country wants to leave to start their own Baptist Republic, the problem is they just can’t afford to go it alone—they rely too much on a federal gravy train. So we’re probably struck with them for the time being.

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The World Is Coming Unglued at the Seams, But Maybe That’s Not All Bad Reply

By Thomas Naylor

We should devote our efforts to the creation of numerous small principalities throughout the world, where people can live in happiness and freedom. The large states… must be convinced of the need to decentralize politically in order to bring democracy and self-determination into the smallest political units, namely local communities, be they villages or cities.

~ Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein, The State in the Third Millennium

Notwithstanding three decades of nonstop hype extolling the virtues of a united, highly interconnected, one-size-fits-all world, there is increasing evidence that the world is actually coming unglued at the seams. Currently, there are over 250 self-determination, political independence movements in play worldwide including nearly 100 in Europe alone, over 70 in Asia, 40 in Africa, 30 or so in North America, a dozen in Latin America, and 15 or 20 scattered across various islands spread around the globe. To put these figures in perspective, the United Nations has 193 member nations.

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Peak Oil and the Challenging Years Ahead Reply

Without substitutes at a price that the economy can afford, economies will adapt to lower amounts of oil they can afford by worsening recession, debt defaults, and reduced international trade. There may be tendency for international alliances (such as the Euro) to fall apart, for countries to break into smaller units (Catalonia secede from Spain, or countries break up the way the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia did).
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A Proposed International Convention on Small Nation Self Determination Reply

By Thomas Naylor

Second Vermont Republic

It’s high time the small nations of the world rise up against all eleven of the meganations of the world with populations in excess of 100 million and say, “Enough is enough. We refuse to continue countenancing your plundering the planet in pursuit of natural resources, treasure, and markets to quench your insatiable appetite for consumer goods and your lust for political, economic, and military power.”

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