Guest: Professor Thomas Naylor
Professor Thomas Naylor is one of the country’s most independent-thinking economists. He is a professor emeritus of economics at Duke University where he has taught since 1964, and is the founder of the Second Vermont Republic -- a nonviolent citizen’s network and think tank advocating for the breakup of mega-nations such as the US, Russia and China. The Republic calls for the creation of small, democratic, affluent, socially responsible nations with a high degree of environmental integrity such as Sweden, Finland and Switzerland. This year Time magazine named the Second Vermont Republic among the world’s top 10 aspiring nations, along with Scotland, Quebec and Kurdistan.
Prof. Naylor has written numerous articles in academic and popular publications, including the New York TImes, Christian Science Monitor and The Nation. Among his many books is “Affluenza: The All Consuming Epidemic” (which deals with the illness of over consumption and co-written with John de Graaf who was interviewed and filmed for our forthcoming documentary on poverty in America) and his book “Secession: How Vermont and All Other States Can Save Themselves from Empire”