Notes from the Underground

TNR’s a little late to the party, but David Thier’s piece on secessionism in Vermont is a pretty entertaining read. I liked this bit:

In Vermont, you can pick up a shotgun without a waiting period on your way to entering into a civil union with your gay lover. The capital, Montpelier, is the only state capital without a McDonald’s. This is where the libertarian right of fifth-generation dairy farmers meets the libertarian left of back-to-the-earth hippies that moved here sometime after the 1960s. The resultant mix harbors a potent distrust in the federal government. There’s a reason Bill O’Reilly calls Vermont a “hopeless, hopeless state.”


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