In the words of Frank Bryan, the University of Vermont professor whose Real Democracy is the best book ever published on the vital New England practice of town meeting, “Vermont’s genetic code” is “human-scale democracy.” Bryan is among the contributors to Most Likely to Secede (www.vtcommons.org), a new collection of almost 50 essays from the pages of the thoughtful and humanely feisty decentralist journal Vermont Commons. The vision herein is of peace. Secure civil liberties. Family farms. Healthy communities in which each person matters. The flourishing of local arts, music, and letters. Political, cultural, and economic decisions made by neighbors rather than distant rulers. Independence. If this last-named seems whimsical, something out of The Mouse that Roared, feel free to argue with the authors all you want. But this is what participatory democracy looks like.