There are two kinds of activist groups, equally (in)effective. Which are you? And why?
Pop-up activists tend their topiary and anguish over bathroom fixtures until… a Big Bad Issue pops up and invigorates them.
Permanent Waves — the second kind of activist group — inhabit longstanding, institutionalized power zip codes nestled among other shrubbery in the nonprofit landscape.
Continue reading “Put the Demos Back Into Democracy”
Would you like to neutralize corporations’ ability to get so many GOOD laws declared unconstitutional? There’s an “app” for that—-an approach, that is. Continue reading “Decommissioning Corporate “Magic””
OK, here’s a joke about a regulatory agency, as told by the corporate manager of a big polluting factory.
He says…So, I’m in my office one day and the Man from EPA comes in and slams down a huge stack of papers, saying — You’ve got 22,221 violations, and you better do something about them by next Friday.
So I says, Oh yeah, and what if I don’t do anything about them by next Friday?
Well, says the Man from EPA, then you’ll have twenty-two thousand, two hundred and twenty-TWO violations.
Hah, hah. Continue reading “Why There Aren’t Any Jokes About Regulatory Agencies”
Gather a bundle of your inkiest exclamation points to put at the end of the next sentence. An outfit called ALEC, funded by wealthy right-wing ideologues, has put together a collection of model laws that they like, and is trying to get legislatures to pass them!!!!! Continue reading “Let’s Get Smart About ALEC”
by Jane Anne Morris
1: The Ambassador
The ambassador’s entourage — two edgy men with ear wires down their backs, and a few hangers-on — formed an irregular security perimeter. Handlers steered her around to avoid ambassadorial stumbles over uneven footing in the cramped space. It was Colómbian Independence Day, so I suppose I should have expected to bump into the U.S. ambassador in the mummy room of the National Museum in Bógota. Continue reading “Try This At Home (2004)”