|Born||Thomas Herbert Naylor
May 30, 1936
Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.
|Died||December 12, 2012
Burlington, Vermont, U.S.
|Cause of death||Stroke|
|Resting place||Grand View Cemetery
Charlotte, Vermont, U.S.
|Occupation||Economist and professor|
|Spouse(s)||Magdalena R. Naylor|
Thomas Herbert Naylor (May 30, 1936 – December 12, 2012) was an American economist and professor. From Jackson, Mississippi, he was a Professor Emeritus of Economics at Duke University, the author of thirty books, and a founder of the Second Vermont Republic (2003). Naylor authored ten academic books and three books advocating secession.
Naylor was the son of T. H. Naylor, Jr. who he described as a prominent Mississippi racist whose views he himself rejected. Naylor graduated from Millsaps College with a Bachelor of Science in 1958 and a second one from Columbia University in Industrial Engineering in 1959. He received a Masters in Business from Indiana University in 1961 and a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from Tulane University in 1964. He began his career at Duke University as an Assistant Professor of Economics in 1964, teaching economics, management science, and computer science, ending his career there in 1993. He also served as a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin, Middlebury College and the University of Vermont.
During the 1970s Naylor was president of a 50-person computer software firm with Fortune 500 clients worldwide. He also was an international management consultant advising major corporations and governments in over thirty countries. He left business and turned to political analysis after trips to the Soviet Union in the 1980s which led him to publicly predicted future political changes there.
His articles appeared in The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, The Nation, and Business Week. In recent years CounterPunch published a number of his articles. He has made appearances on major American television networks as well as CNN, Fox News, BBC and National Public Radio.
Second Vermont Republic activism
In 1997, Naylor published with William H. Willimon Downsizing the U.S.A., which called for Vermont independence. In 2003 he self-published The Vermont Manifesto. Naylor was spurred to create SVR by the September 11 attacks, writing in his manifesto "Our nation has truly lost its way. America is no longer a sustainable nation-state economically, politically, socially, militarily or environmentally. The Empire has no clothes." Vermont's Bread and Puppet Theater, a group that uses puppets to promote far-left politics, were early supporters. Naylor began informal meetings of the Second Vermont Republic, holding the first statewide meeting in October 2003.
In 2004, Kirkpatrick Sale, recommended that Naylor sponsor the “Radical Consultation” meeting initiated by John Papworth, editor of the Fourth World Review in England. The consultation attracted various grass roots secessionist groups in Middlebury, Vermont, which resulted in the creation of the Middlebury Institute. He was mentioned prominently in reporting of the secessionist conferences of many of the same groups in 2006 in Burlington, Vermont. and 2007 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
According to Kirkpatrick Sale Naylor "tended to stress what I came to call the Push reasons for secession—that is, it allows a state to get out from under an inept, dysfunctional, and evil empire so as not to go down with its inevitable collapse, and it frees it from the taxes, wars, regulations, and entangling alliances of that empire."
In 2007, Naylor was criticized when it was alleged that some advisory board members had affiliations with Neo-Confederate groups, such as the League of the South (LOS). Thomas Naylor told The Vermont Guardian that the organization has no direct link to LOS, except a link on the SVR website, and that SVR is not racist. He told a radio audience: "The SPLC is a well-known McCarthy-style group of mercenaries who routinely engage in ideological smear campaigns on behalf of their wealthy techno-fascist clowns. It’s all about money, power, and greed." In 2009 SPLC criticized Naylor for agreeing to speak at the 2010 Abbeville Institute secessionist conference called “State Nullification, Secession and the Human Scale of Political Order.” Naylor continued to criticize SPLC, especially for ignoring what he alleged to be the United States government's racism.
In May 2008, Feral House published Thomas Naylor's book Secession: How Vermont and all the Other States Can Save Themselves from the Empire. Author Kirkpatrick Sale wrote the foreword. Professor Walter E. Williams of George Mason University writes it is a "serious examination of our God given right of self governance and that right’s implication for secession. Dr. Naylor has made a persuasive case of the identical response to today’s ‘train of abuses’ that led the Founders to secede from King George’s tyranny."
In January 2010, nine Vermonters announced they were planning to run for governor, lieutenant governor and seven seats in the state Senate on a Vermont secession platform. Lieutenant Governor candidate Peter Garritano said the idea to run came during a meeting two months before with Thomas Naylor. After the candidates were labeled a "Green Tea Party" in a Huffington Post article, Naylor disagreed, saying "While tea partiers think the system’s fixable, the secessionists believe America has become ungovernable — and that Vermont must break away from 'the empire' to survive."
In January 2011, Time magazine named Second Vermont Republic one of the "Top 10 Aspiring Nations," mentioning Naylor as its founder. Naylor, Kirkpatrick Sale and four others issued "The Montpelier Manifesto" in September, 2012.
Death and legacy
Naylor died on December 12, 2012 in Burlington, Vermont, at the age of 76, a few days after suffering a stroke. In a Duke University Department of Economics obituary Professor Roy Weintraub was quoted as saying: "When I came to Duke’s Department of Economics in 1970, Tom Naylor was the force for growth and change in the Department. His civil rights work, his insistence on the role of econometrics in the program, and his enormous energy were all part of his encouraging the younger faculty members to participate in changing the departmental mood. And his parties, with rock bands, jazz groups, and like-minded people from all over the university and the larger community, were memorable."
Rob Williams, a long-time friend and publisher of "Vermont Commons" said of Naylor “The idea of Vermont independence has really rooted itself and Thomas deserves a lot of credit for that.” Seven Days called him a "tireless advocate for secession" and detailed his activist style. WCAX-TV in Burlington wrote that he was the "man who led the fight for Vermont to become an independent nation." Kirkpatrick Sale wrote in an obituary that Naylor’s urging was partially responsible for Sale's sponsoring three national congresses of secessionist organization from around the country, thus "putting the movement on the map", and for initiating a 2013 conference on small nations.
- Microeconomics and Decision Models of the Firm (with John Vernon). New York: Harcourt, Brace, and World, 1969. Translated into Spanish.
- You Can't Eat Magnolias (editor with H. Brandt Ayers). New York: McGraw-Hill, 1972.
- Strategies for Change in the South (with James Clotfelter). Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1975.
- Corporate Planning Models. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1979.
- Simulation Models in Corporate Planning (editor). New York: Praeger Press, 1979,
- Managerial Economics: Corporate Economics and Strategy (with John M. Vernon and Kenneth Wertz). New York: McGraw-Hill, 1983.
- The Corporate Strategy Matrix. New York: Basic Books, 1986. Translated into Hungarian.
- The Gorbachev Strategy: Opening the Closed Society. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books, 1988.
- The Cold War Legacy. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books, 1991.
- The Abandoned Generation: Rethinking Higher Education (with William H. Willimon). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1995.
- Affluenza (with John De Graaf and David Wann). San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler, 2001. Second edition, 2005. Translated into six languages.
Books on secession
- Downsizing the USA (with William H. Willimon). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1997.
- The Vermont Manifesto: The Second Vermont Republic. Philadelphia, PA: Xlibris, 2003.
- Secession: How Vermont and all the Other States Can Save Themselves from the Empire, foreword by Kirkpatrick Sale. Port Townsend, WA: Feral House, 2008.
- Nancy Remsen, Second Vermont Republic founder Thomas Naylor has died, Burlington Free Press, December 17, 2012.
- "Thomas H. Naylor's Biography". Vermontrepublic.org. Retrieved 2013-10-02.
- John Curran, "In Vermont, nascent secession movement gains traction," Associated Press article, June 3, 2007; currently available at Huffington Post , The Hour (newspaper) , The Day (New London) .
- Top 10 Aspiring Nations full list, Top 10 Aspiring Nations: Vermont, Time magazine, January 2011.
- The search of the Vermont Secretary of State web site shows Second Vermont Republic as a "civic club" with Naylor registered as founder and sole member as of 2003.
- Second Vermont Republic Pushes For Independence of Vermont, Seven Days, February 28, 2007.
- Heidi Beirich, Second Vermont Republic Pushes For Independence of Vermont, SPLC, Summer 2008.
- Thomas Naylor bio, Duke University Department of Economics, accessed December 27, 2012.
- Robin Palmer, Former professor argues it's time to leave the Union, originally published in Times Argus, November 16, 2003.
- Thomas Naylor articles in CounterPunch include: Small Nation Neutrality, May 6–8, 2011; The Myth of Bernie Sanders, Sep 29-Oct 01, 2011; Occupy World Street!, March 23–25, 2012.
- Thomas Naylor, History of the Second Vermont Republic, Second Vermont Republic website.
- Fletcher Allen profile page of Magdalena R. Naylor, M.D., Ph.D..
- Kirkpatrick Sale, Thomas Naylor, RIP, LewRockwell.com, December 24, 2012.
- Kirkpatrick Sale foreword to Secession: How Vermont and all the Other States Can Save Themselves from the Empire, Port Townsend, WA: Feral House, 2008.
- Gary Shapiro, Modern-Day Secessionists Will Hold a Conference on Leaving the Union, The New York Sun, September 27, 2006, 6.
- Paul Nussbaum, Coming together to ponder pulling apart, Latter-day secessionists of all stripes convene in Vermont, Philadelphia Inquirer, November 6, 2006.
- Krkpatrick Sale, The First North American Secessionist Convention, Breaking Away, CounterPunch, October 5, 2006.
- Second Vermont Republic/Vermont Commons Tied to White Supremacists, Vermont Guardian, February 9, 2007.
- Christian Avard, Secessionists or racists? Concerns raised over Vermont links to neo-Confederates, Vermont Guardian, February 23, 2007.
- Yankee Secessionist Back in Cahoots with Neo-Confederates, Southern Poverty Law Center, October 1, 2009.
- Abbeville Institute 2010 conference partial speakers list.
- Patrick Buchanan, Secession in the Air, Chronicles, February 12, 2010.
- Thomas Naylor, New Hate Crime Frontiers for the Southern Policy Law Center, Second Vermont Republic website, July 11, 2012.
- Thomas Naylor, Secession: How Vermont and all the Other States Can Save Themselves from the Empire, foreword by Kirkpatrick Sale, Feral House books, 2008.
- Feral House teaser page for Secession: How Vermont and all the Other States Can Save Themselves from the Empire.
- National news: Garritano runs for Lt. Governor on platform of secession, ShelburnNews.Com, January 24, 2010.
- John Curran, 9 Vt. state office candidates favor secession, Associated Press story at Boston Globe, January 13, 2010.
- Christopher Ketcham, The Secessionist Campaign for the Republic of Vermont, Time Magazine, January 31, 2010. Archived February 16, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
- Christopher Ketcham, Vermont Revolutionaries and the Rise of a Green Tea Party, The Huffington Post, August 30.
- Andy Bromage, Vermont's Secessionist Movement Debuts Something New: Candidates, Seven Days, September 8, 2010.
- Thomas H. Naylor, Kirkpatrick Sale, James Starkey, Chellis Glendinning, Carolyn Chute and Charles Keil, The Montpelier Manifesto, at Second Vermont Republic website, September, 2012.
- Professor Emeritus Thomas Naylor Passes, Duke University Department of Economics obituary, December 18, 2012, accessed December 27, 2012.
- Cathy Resmer, R.I.P. Thomas Naylor, Founder of Vermont Secessionist Group, 1936-2012, Seven Days, December 14, 2012.
- Vt. secessionist Thomas Naylor dies, WCAX-TV, December 17, 2012.
- Thomas Naylor essays at Second Vermont Republic site
- Vermont Commons website
- Middlebury Institute website
- Jay Walljasper, How to Be an Expat Without Leaving Home, Utne Reader, January/February 2004.
- Christopher Ketcham,Long live secession! Salon.com, January 20, 2005.
- Free Vermont, Bill Kauffman, The American Conservative, December 19, 2005.
- John Schwenkler, States: if at first you don't secede, The American Conservative, November 3, 2008.
- The Divided States of America (Audio Documentary) featuring Thomas Naylor on Second Vermont Republic (solidprinciples.com) April, 2009
- Anthony Wile, Interview: Thomas H. Naylor on Leviathan, Secession and Vermont's Small Nation Dream, LewRockwell.com, May 14, 2012.