Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance

December 5, 2020
Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance

"We've got a long history of resistance inVermont and this book is testimony to thatfact."–Bernie SandersA book that's also the beginning of a movement, Bill McKibben'sdebut novel Radio Free Vermont follows a band of Vermontpatriots who decide that their state might be better off as its ownrepublic.As the host of Radio Free Vermont—"underground, underpowered,and underfoot"—seventy-two-year-old Vern Barclay is currentlybroadcasting from an "undisclosed and double-secret location." Withthe help of a young computer prodigy named Perry Alterson, Vernuses his radio show to advocate for a simple yet radical idea: anindependent Vermont, one where the state secedes from the UnitedStates and operates under a free local economy. But for now, he andhis radio show must remain untraceable, because in addition tobeing a lifelong Vermonter and concerned citizen, Vern Barclay isalso a fugitive from the law.In Radio Free Vermont, Bill McKibben entertains andexpands upon an idea that's become more popular than ever—secedingfrom the United States. Along with Vern and Perry, McKibbenimagines an eccentric group of activists who carry out their ownversion of guerilla warfare, which includes dismissing local middleschool children early in honor of 'Ethan Allen Day' and hijacking aCoors Light truck and replacing the stock with local brew. Witty,biting, and terrifyingly timely, Radio Free Vermont isBill McKibben's fictional response to the burgeoning resistancemovement.