Friday, March 10, 2017

The Top Ten: Maverick Reader Favorites

Here are the most-read articles published on this site from 2008 to 2017, based on pageview statistics from blogspot.com. Most of them were also published on other websites, including Center for Global Research, Toward Freedom, VTDigger, ZNet, Truthout, AlterNet, and Common Dreams. 

    Two of the three most popular stories have had staying power for years. "Remembering MLK" is an unusual take on the Civil Rights leader's death and a woman from his "secret" life, while "Do Psychopaths..." is a wide-ranging "rant" originally developed for radio.
     But the new #1 article looks at Jane Sanders' impact on Burlington College, which closed in 2016 after a disastrous land deal. Several posts on this site have focused on Bernie Sanders, but one on his relationship with Sandia Labs, a Lockheed Martin subsidiary, went viral as he launched his presidential campaign. Also widely viewed is an article focusing on Bernie's first victory and accomplishments as Burlington mayor, expanded from my book, The People's Republic: Vermont and the Sanders Revolution
    Perennially popular is "Fear Factors," a chapter from a series on counter-terrorism and disinformation in the late 1970s. It's also especially satisfying to continue seeing a key chapter from "Prisoners of the Real" on the list, along with its table of contents. New additions to the Top Ten include a look at the potential of a Progressive-Libertarian movement and the threat of a modern form of "friendly fascism."
VERMONT FOCUS
Burlington Mayor James Burke’s allies considered him honest and fearless, driven by civic pride and a sense of duty. His political enemies questioned his motives and called him a demagogue. He sometimes called them “corporate interests” or “foreign capitalists.” This series of essays about the Queen City's early progressive era is excerpted from The Vermont Way, a multi-platform history of Vermont. 

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