I’m not a retired state worker with a pension. I’m not a rich widow. I don’t get many corporate donations. Then again, nobody tells me what to write. So if you like what you’ve read, consider tossing something in the tip jar, so I can have more time to write.
Currently, rare moments of actually being able to do legal research, give talks, write articles about real-time issues and the corporate and constitutional law that permeate our current Democracy Theme Park—are surrounded by many more moments — and hours — of a variety of methods and gigs for making a modest living. (Think wage-slave.)
I’d much rather be working on issues, but a lifetime of what usually amounted to constant volunteering has taken its toll. My new plan is called “working for money” and it’s what I do now. Here are a couple examples of things I’m good for.
- Corporate “personhood.” For example, many of you may have heard about the “corporate personhood” issue. What is it exactly? Is somehow banning it a good strategy or tactic? Is it possible or desirable? What effect would that actually have on your neighborhood CAFO or the utility company? How would it affect an established incorporated environmental group? Somebody needs to be able to discuss this intelligently. I’ve been working on the issue for twenty years, and would love a chance to develop a primer on it so activist discussions can move beyond the chant level. (E.g., corporate personhood bad, democracy good.) And why keep putting it in quotes?
- Community rights organizing. I was there at the inception in around 2000, and have followed its various incarnations with great interest. Despite the somewhat vanilla label, it has great potential and is actually happening around the country in fits and starts. It’s a way over the wall out of the Democracy Theme Park, sort of. Because what it really involves is simultaneously replacing the Democracy Theme Park with functioning local democracy, while culturally transforming ourselves from regulatory agency groupies into sovereign citizens. The obstacles are considerable, but at least it’s better than spinning our wheels uselessly in a rigged system.
I’d much rather work on these and related issues than stand around scanning documents for bureaucrats. I’ve got a great law library nearby, and more decades experience than I want to think about as an activist, organizer, and writer.
Jane Anne Morris