On Watching Birds

Lawrence Kilham, Author, Joan Waltermire, Illustrator, John K. Terres, Introduction by Chelsea Green Publishing Company $17.95 (187p) ISBN 978-0-930031-14-5
Building on Vermonters' longstanding decentralist traditions and independence of spirit, the authors of this ringing call for grassroots democracy propose that the state of Vermont serve as a social laboratory. More than a utopian exercise in anti-bureaucratic thought, their detailed blueprint would divide Vermont into 45 shires, each larger than a town yet smaller than a county. The shires would foster human-scale community and self-sufficiency, with broad powers over education, welfare and local problems; the state government's functions would shrink, though it would serve as a protector of the environment and civil rights. The authors' eloquent manifesto--Bryan is a political science professor at the University of Vermont, and Vermont state senator McClaughry was a policy adviser in the Reagan White House--raises important issues and transcends conventional liberal/conservative labels. (July)
Reviewed on: 04/25/1988
Release date: 05/01/1988
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 208 pages - 978-0-89096-763-8
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