The Vermonters for Liberty Annual Meeting will be held January 24, 2015 in Montpelier, Vermont
Please join us!
This year's "Vermonters for Liberty" meeting will be held once again at the statehouse in Montpelier. We will have speakers in the House Chamber, a potluck/BYO lunch in the cafeteria, and our traditional "soapbox" period, when anyone can present what's on their mind for a few minutes.
Vermont has a tradition of independence going back to the the early Republic of Vermont. It's a time to check the path the Green Mountain State is on today, and see how it could be more aligned with personal freedom and responsibility.
We welcome our friends elsewhere in the region to join us for the day, too, to build communication networks for cooperation across borders, and to share ideas that have worked elsewhere for positive change.
If the spirit of liberty should vanish in other parts of the Union, and support of our institutions should languish, it could all be replenished from the generous store held by the people of this brave little state of Vermont.
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January 24 Schedule:
11 AM Session: echoes from the past; ideas for building the future
Ethan Allen (played by Jim Hogue) will welcome attendees, talking about bank manias, the First VT Bank from 1806, sovereignty, and hanging the central bankers! "As an independent place on earth, in limbo, Vermont was not under the jurisdiction of any other place on earth," saith he.
Next, "Transactions Without Banks" with Doug Smith, from Lab B in Burlington. Doug will talk about how distributed, encrypted ledgers and cryptocurrency can bring about more economic freedom.
Then, we'll hear about "Self-Rule Without Rulers" with Terry Bouricius. Terry will talk about sortition, a system of representative democracy that replaces elections with a system more similar to jury duty. Read: Terry's paper on sortition.
12:15 PM: Short break-out session by county, followed by lunch and the 'soapbox' presentations
We are including a 15-minute breakout session by county in the House chamber right before lunch so you can get to know your liberty-loving neighbors and make plans to follow up with them after the meeting. After the breakout session, we'll move to the state house cafeteria for a potluck/BYO lunch. We'll have our traditional 'soapbox' period, when anyone can have a few minutes before the crowd to present what's on their mind.
1:30 PM Session: what Vermont faces in 2015
After lunch, we will hear from Paul Dame, a long-time V4L friend who, on his second attempt, won election to the State House in November of 2014, and is taking his liberty agenda to Montpelier.
Then we will hear from Dr. Robert Emmons, M.D. about the state of health care today. Dr. Emmons has a private psychiatric practice where he has successfully practiced free market medicine for 25 years. He founded a free clinic in Moretown, Vermont in collaboration with the Church of the Crucified One. He is a professor at UVM and a public advocate for patient rights and Hippocratic medical ethics. Watch: Dr. Emmons on CCTV talking about health care in Vermont. Read: It’s about the patient, not the payer and Green Mountain Care – rationing by any other name at VT Digger, both by Dr. Emmons.
Finally, we'll wrap up with some quick updates on two more key issues for this biennum for Vermont. Justin Henry from Regulate Vermont will talk about the prospects or marijuana legalization in Vermont in 2015/16, and Eddie Cutler from Gun Owners of Vermont will talk about preserving the right to self-defense in Vermont, despite annual legislative assaults.
Where will Vermonters for Liberty go from here? It's up to us all to decide. About Vermonters for Liberty