Will Miller


Philosophy Department
University of Vermont
Burlington, Vermont, USA


Last updated 6.30.05

Last updated by Will 3.17.05

Remember elections didn't end the Vietnam War! It was a mass movement of people--students, teachers, parents and children, civil rights activists, union members, anti-war veterans from Vietnam and other periods of recent imperial history, acts of refusal by draft resisters and rebellion by active duty soldiers and finally the continued resistance of the Vietnamese Independence movement. For more than 30 years the Vietnamese fought the imperialism of France, Japan, France again (with U.S. financing) and finally--after preventing an election that Ho Chi Minh would have won overwhelmingly--the 10 year U.S. war on Vietnam was pre-emptively started. Before it was over more than 3 million Vietnamese, Laotians and Cambodians were dead as well as nearly 60,000 Americans. Never again!!!

Willard "Will" Miller, Emeritus Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Vermont, died at Fletcher Allen Hospital on March 31, 2005 after an eight month fight with lung cancer. He was 64 years old. The struggles Will devoted his life to will be furthered by the Will Miller Social Justice Lecture Series. Information on the series can be found at the web site willmiller.org. The web site is a project of Will's life partner Ann Lipsitt and Will's friend Jay Moore and contains testimonials by the many people whose lives Will touched.

Will Miller at Veterans for Peace forum on U.S. Imperialism at the Bread and Puppet weekend in Glover, Vermont (8/97)

Will (Willard M.) Miller
Assistant Professor
Philosophy Department
University of Vermont (UVM)
70 South Williams Street, Room 107
Burlington, VT 05401-3404
(802)656-3137 (office)
(802)879-0288 (home)
(802)656-3133 (FAX office)

Note: I am on medical leave for cancer treatment. The unfolding medical situation is such that I will remain on disability leave until I retire at the end of the summer (2005). But I might be able to drop back to teach the Marxism course, if my health permits .

My life partner Ann Lipsitt and my dear friend Jay Moore have constructed a testimonials web page for me at http://www.willmiller.org/

The last version of Will's home page modified by him over a week before his death has been archived.

Animation Corner:

How to rig an election--Florida 2000 (with documentation)

Don't be afraid--be very afraid!!!

Local Contacts:

Green Mountain Veterans for Peace

Burlington Area Draft and Military Counselors

Network Opposed to Depleted Uranium Weapons

Key Documents in the New American Empire:

Rebuilding America's Defenses (September 2000):


The National Security Strategy of the United States of America:


U.S. Space Command: Vision for 2020

Dollar Cost of the War in Iraq
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Cost of the war in American Lives

Iraqi Civilian Body Count


List of Vermont Anti-war Group Contacts (as of 2/22/05):

Placard slogans seen at the recent demonstrations against war on Iraq.

Photos of March 20, 2004 Antiwar rally in Montpelier, Vermont.

Rumsfeld and Saddam Hussein in Iraq in 1983

Recent Articles and Analyses:

U.S. Builds New Nuclear Weapons by William J. Broad, New York Times (2.7.05)

No. 1? America by the numbers by Michael Ventura, Austin Chronicle

The World's Warmonger by Garry Leech Colombia Journal (2.21.05)

Dropping in on the Apocalypse by Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com (2.7.05)  

Little Black Lies by Paul Krugman, The New York Times (1.28.05)

U.S. Campaign Behind the Turmoil in Kiev by Ian Traynor, The Guardian (UK) (11.26.04)

There's No There There: Debating a Neocon by Stan Goff, CounterPunch (11.10.04)

The Real Reasons Why Iran is the Next Target: The Emerging Euro-denominated International Oil Marker by William Clark, globalresearch (10.27.04)

Kerrynomics: Seems Like Old Times by Greg Bates, CounterPunch (10.22/24.04)

The Evil of Two Lessers by DRANT, (Blogspot) Number 77 (9.30.04)

Platoon defies orders in Iraq: Mississippi soldier calls home, cites safety concerns by Jeremy Hudson, The Clarion Ledger (10.15.04)

Will We have a Draft? by Joseph Gainza, Vt.AFSC (10.04)

The Bush/Kerry doctrine by Nicole Coleson, Socialist Worker (9.10.04)

Public power in the age of empire by Arundhati Roy, Socialist Worker (9.3.04)

John Kerry as the Warchurian Candidate by Jeremy Scahill, CommonDreams.org (8.24.04)

The 2004 Election: what's at stake? The case against "Anybody But Bush" by Lance Selfa, Socialist Worker (8.20.04)

The Coincidence Theorist's Guide to 9/11 at Rigorous Intuition: Because it only feels like paranoia. (8.15.04)

John, John, John...There You Go Again: Kerry's "Energy Plan" by Stan Goff, CounterPunch (8.13.04)

What Kerry Really Did in Vietnam by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffery St. Clair, CounterPunch (7.29.04)

Iraqi group claims over 37,000 civilian toll by Ahmed Janabi, Aljazeera Net (7.31.04)

Believing in a Green Resistance by Todd Chretien, CounterPunch (7.26.04)

Teaching Torture: Congress Quietly Keeps [U.S. Army] School of the Americas Alive by Doug Ireland, LA Weekly (7.23-29.04)

Torturing Children by William Rivers Pitt, t r u t h o u t | Perspective (7.20.04)

The Pentagon's Imperial War Map from the U.S. Naval War College web site (3.1.04)

Vermont remembers the Reagan Years by Erica Jacobson, Burlington Free Press (6.6.04)

Rating Reagan: A Bogus Legacy by Robert Parry, Consortiumnews.com (6.7.04)

The Big Lie by Nicholas von Hoffman, tomdispatch.com (5.23.04)

The Military-Academic Complex: Who's the Real National Champion? by Nicholas Turse, Nation Institute (4.27.04)

The Rising Corporate Military Monster by Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman, Corporate Focus (4.24.04)

Need an Army? Just Pick Up the Phone by Barry Yeoman, New York Times (4.2.04)

Soldiers of Good Fortune by Barry Yeoman, Mother Jones (5.6.03)

The US Must be Isolated and Constrained: The Coming Elections and the Future of American Global Power by Gabriel Kolko, CounterPunch (3.14.04)

They'll Never Call Him a Radical (or Even an Alternative): The Many Faces of John Kerry by Elizabeth Schulte, CounterPunch (2.10.04)

America's Empire of Bases by Chalmers Johnson, Alternet (1.15.04)

War, Race and Elections by Stan Goff, CounterPunch (1.1.04)
Iraq: Quicksand & Blood by Robert Parry, In These Times (12.26.03)
The Dean Deception by Keith Rosenthal, International Socialist Review, Issue 32, November--December 2000

Howard Dean: the Progressive Anti-War Candidate? Some Vermonters Give Their Views by Donna Bister, Marc Estrin and Ron Jacobs (The Editorial Collective of the Old North End [Burlington, Vermont] RAG) CounterPunch (8.29.03) 

Other Reports and Essays on 9/11, the "Endless War on Terrorism" and the Anti-war Movement

This powerful piece of political art is a mosaic of the faces of the 706 American military deaths in Iraq that had occurred when it was created...

The War President and the Fallen


An increasing relevant debate between proponents of U.S. Imperialism and anti-imperialist opponents:

Hear a Debate on whether the U.S. should be the Cops of the World.

       (Recorded April 22, 1999. 54 minutes. [RealPlayer Media])
       On the negative, Will Miller, Philosophy and Justin Parmett, UVM
       Debate. On the affirmative, Robert Kaufman, Political Science and
       Robert Pontbriand, UVM Debate. Thursday, April 22, 1999 at
       7:00-8:00 PM Debate, 8:00-9:00 PM Discussion in 234 Marsh Life
       Science. Sponsored by the Lawrence Debate Union.  The debate took 
       place before a packed house of over 400 people. 

See Phil Ochs, Cops of the World

Graphic from Monthly Review, Vol 54 (December, 2002) no. 7, p.10.Data Source: Table B.1 World Crude Oil and Natural Gas Reserves, January 1, 2001, <http//www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/iea/table81.html>

For daily late-breaking news and analysis from a radical perspective see

Jay's Leftist and 'Progressive' Internet Directory (highly recommended!)

Recent listings from this page (1998-2001)

Other Information Resources:


UVM SPARC (Student Political Awareness & Responsibility Coalition) Web Page

Stop Killer Coke!

Quick Political Scholastic Aptitude Test (QPSAT)

[Only one very informative question!]

Here are some alternative and foreign media sources to counter the onesidedness of the U.S. corporate press:


Democracy Now






Voices in the Wilderness: www.viwuk.freeserve.co.uk/


Alternative Radio News 


Vermont Independent Media


Taking Action:


Bay Windows (January 6-12, 2000) Vol.18, no.3.

An Historic Moment at the University of Vermont! Photos of the vote count and celebration of the faculty winning the union election on April 18, 2001.

See more on the long struggle to unionize at UVM.

Albert Einstein, "Man of the Century," was a socialist--but you would never know it from the corporate media's spin these days. See his "Why Socialism" to correct the record.

For the Millennium.....

The Martin Luther King You Don't See on TV

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Beyond Vietnam" (1967)

Vermont FBI Alert for the Social Justice Movement (1/6/99)

2nd Vermont FBI Alert for the Social Justice Movement (4/17/99)

UVM Philosophy Department Page

My Curriculum Vitae


  • August 29, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois


  • U.S. Army Security Agency, 1957-1961 (West Germany: 1958-61 in Electronic Intelligence--cleared for Top Secret/Codeword security classification)
  • U.S. Army Security Agency, 1961-1962 (Fort Devens, Massachusetts--one of 150,000 reservists called to active duty for the Berlin Wall Crisis)


  • University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois: B.A., 1966; M.A., 1968; Ph.D., 1969


  • University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois
    Teaching Assistant, Philosophy, 1966-1968University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont
    Assistant Professor, Philosophy, 1969-present
  • University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont
    Assistant Professor with Tenure, 1973-present (sabbatical leaves 1982-83 and 2002-03)





  • Quit smoking in 1986.
  • Diagnosed with lung cancer August, 2004
  • Died March 31, 2005 at Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington, Vermont




Dear UVM Faculty Members,

At a recent appearance before the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences, President Fogel gave an interesting PowerPoint talk in which he compared UVM on a number of criteria to what he called "peer" institutions and "aspirant" institutions (i.e., schools he thinks we should aspire to be like). We compared average salaries at UVM to Fogel's peer and aspirant schools. The results are....[above].The union has proposed a salary structure that would, over the course of three years, bring UVM more into line with its peer institutions. And the union's proposal would cost roughly only $3 million more per year than what the administration is proposing. The administration's final salary offer at the beginning of September might only make the gap between UVM and its peers grow, and certainly would not make it shrink, in the coming years.If you would like more information or are interested in helping United Academics' effort to obtain a reasonable contract for UVM faculty, please contact your department's UA representative. Or contact the union directly at info@unitedacademics.orgSources: Salary data supplied by AAUP Office of Research. Aspirant Institutions as designated by President Dan Fogel in his presentation to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences were Univ. of Colorado, Boulder; Univ.of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Univ. of N.C. at Chapel Hill; Penn State Univ.-Main Campus; College of William and Mary; University of Virginia; Univ. Wisconsin-Madison. Peer institutions were University of Connecticut; University of Delaware; Kansas State University; Univ.of Maine at Orono; Univ. Massachusetts-Amherst; University of New Hampshire; SUNY at Albany; SUNY at Binghamton; Miami University; Oklahoma State Univ.-Main; University of Oklahoma; University of Rhode Island; Clemson University; and Washington State University. UVM United Academics (AAUP/AFT)


The salary date is made available below as a contribution to an informed debate at UVM about polarization, power and the conditions for a community of inquiry. For the background on the University's disclosure see Tom Salmon's spin and attached note of clarification. Incidentally, while some folks have been distressed by my posting this information, others have thanked me for providing the information they used to convince their supervisors at UVM to raise their salary because it compared unfavorably with others doing the same job.

CONSUMER PRICE INDEX: Calculate the shrinking value of your pay dollar. Directions at above link: Enter years as 4 digits (e.g, 2001). Enter dollar amount without commas or $ sign in box on first line. Click the Calculate button to compute dollar amount shown on second line.

For example:
If in (year) [1969], my first year at UVM, I was paid [9,000], in (year) [2005] to receive the same real income (adjusted for inflation), I would have to be paid [$46,422]. My actual salary for this my 36th year at UVM is $48,162.

Notes from Kafka's Castle (my grievance to the Vermont State Labor Board):


UVM's "Ancient (and largely hidden) History:"

Philosophy Majors Fact Sheet on the Philosophy Four (1974).

Union of College Faculty Report Investigating Procedural Aspects of the Contested Nonreappointments [The Philosophy Four] presented on October 5, 1973.

And see the Philosophy Department evaluation by Prof. Robert Paul Wolff. Also see the chronological materials to situate this report.

UVM Professors Have Been Stung: Academic World Vulnerable To Political Forces by Judy Polumbaum, a four part series on political firings at UVM in the 1950's and 1970's in the Rutland Herald, March 25-28, 1979.The firing/forcing out of nearly the entire philosophy department faculty (9 out of 11) between 1974-1979 according to the "official" account was based on academic inadequacies.

Michael Parenti's UVM talk, "The Hidden Ideology of Mass Media" on Wednesday, April 9, 1997 at 7:00 PM at the Ira Allen Chapel.

Will Miller's Introduction for Michael Parenti on the 25th anniversary of his firing from UVM at Ira Allen Chapel on April 9, 1997.

Michael Parenti, "Struggles in the Temple of Knowledge" [An account of the repression at the University of Illinois and UVM].

Michael Parenti, "The Empire in Academia," Chapter 10, Against Empire, (City Lights Books: San Francisco, 1995).

Michael Parenti Video Collection at UVM Bailey/Howe Library Media Center (This collection now includes a video tape of the above event at Ira Allen Chapel).

Michael Parenti Political Archive

Crossroads Anti-Apartheid Shantytown on the UVM Green (1985).

UVM history of unionizing


Grants for Organizing:

"Philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it!"

Karl Marx


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