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The Vermont Papers: Recreating Democracy on a Human Scale

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The Vermont Papers proposes a radical change in government. The authors are passionate advocates of such basic American values as self-reliance, tolerance, community aid, diversity, and liberty. Their subject is the plight of democracy in America. They argue that Vermont can show the rest of the nation how to govern itself democratically in the next century.

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Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 1st 1990 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company (first published September 1st 1989)
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Bryan
Nov 13, 2011 Bryan rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I was born and raised in Vermont. I spent 18 of my first 22 years there. I love Vermont dearly. But sometimes Vermont is a little too in love with the smell of its own farts.

The first 60 pages of this book are actually pretty great. A bit of Vermont history, and a worthwhile exploration of how and why Vermont is a special and unique place. There was a mythic quality to it that I really enjoyed.

Then I read a little further and realized that it wasn't just a literary trick. The authors - wholehea
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Jared
Nov 01, 2007 Jared rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to learn more about Vermont and/or possibilities for human-scale democracy
This is the second book (after Believing Cassandra by Alan Atkisson) that transformed the way I thought about the world and thus changed the way I lived my life as a result.

The beginning of the book has some wonderful Vermont history that only expanded my appreciation for my home state. This book is definitely a must read for anyone from Vermont or thinking about moving there.

More than that though, I think that the core ideas about "real democracy" that may seem specific to Vermont are really
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