Sometimes there’s too much to do for too long,
and for so long I can’t remember why I’m doing any of it
The last few months have been that way.
There’s still no end in sight but I find I must sit and catch up a bit with things which matter to me .
This essay made a lot of sense when I read it last fall and has continued to through many readings.
The Royal “We”
by Paul Waldman at The American Prospect
“The truth, though, is that “the American people” don’t have opinions or beliefs or judgments. Each one of us does, and subsets of us share some things in common, but the idea of a collective national will is a fantasy.”
We do spend a lot of time talking about the -American-people, Americans-think, blah, blah, blah.
The tendency to generalize is human and it seems tidy but so very often we generalize from shaky ground. Or for shaky reasons.
I’m reasonably good at spotting shaky foundations in what others say but have a bit more trouble spotting my own
( At least until it rains and I end up all of a heap on the ground because my soapbox turned out to be cardboard instead of something sturdy 🙂 )
Lately, I spend a fair amount of time at The Fallacy Files when I’m puzzling through an essay or speech , by politicians in particular, which “feels funny”.
There are many, many examples and discussions available there to help flesh out what-is-haywire-with-this type questions I have.
I think the Fallacy Watch section , Familiar Contextomies and How to Read a Poll, is particularly interesting.
Reminds me of my dad’s exhortation to be wary even of those you agree with when it comes to devices of style in rhetoric.
My mind is much on fish though I don’t really have time right now to talk much about issues.
However, I found it interesting that Tyler Rhodes thought it important to correct the article
“Wards Cove sale a new day for Native corporation ” as regards the Native Corporation mention but skims, as most folks do, over the fact that Siu Alaska and Coastal Villages Pollock are for-profit subsidiaries of non -profit Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation and Coastal Villages Regional Fund respectively.
Native Corporations are those formed under the Alaska Native Settlement Claims Act , ANSCA, and definitely have nothing to do with Community Development Quota corporations which were formed under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act .
The relationship between the parent CDQ non-profits and their for-profit subsidiaries has not been discussed out in the open much.
Or when they are, there is not enough attention paid.
CDQ group suffers as tightly-closed fraternity
still makes the hair on my head stand straight up a year and a half later. I think allowing for Mr Taufen’s bias (which is very like my own ) or bypassing it, enough remains here to question a number of things about the feeder corporations in relation to the so-called parent corps.
Wesley Loy regularly reports on CDQ news at Deckboss.
The comments here run the gamut of concerns by stakeholders and interested parties.
While one might dismiss many comments as sour grapes, ignorant, whatever , there seems to me to be common themes the CDQs ( they are all different ) do not address publicly with their stakeholders.
Or skim over. Or gloss over.
For those who don’t live near the coast , federal fisheries management turns on notions of property now, in the form of quota for the right to fish. The set aside quota for CDQs has indeed made money. The movement and expansion to fishing their own quota has indeed generated money.
But whether stakeholder communities really benefit as originally envisioned is a whole other ballgame. A real way of measuring benefit has yet to be developed. There are lots of reports about employment, dollars all over the place, and so on, but most that I’ve read fall back on some rendition of “actual measure of economic development in stakeholder communities is hard to quantify”.
I think it’s time to pay attention to the too much ignored talk from member communities who feel cut off from the CDQs which were formed to serve them, left out of the loop, and at the mercy of decisions by corporate officers who seem very out of touch with on-the-ground realities in these communities. This has been exacerbated by the further distance folks have from the subsidiaries.
There is still too much talk from stakeholders that the CDQs have become a real part of the very thing which seems to threaten subsistence salmon fisheries a great deal, trawling, and as such have become a double edged sword.
Like ANSCA corporations CDQs are peculiar, in the sense of unusual and unique , experiments in social management of resources for the benefit of a particular group of people.
I have grave doubts as to the efficacy of corporate structure to do what is called for in either case.
Actually, the corporatization of communities under ANSCA torches my shorts but that is another conversation for another day.
Agh. I sometimes think we have become the Land of Corporations,
forget that Midnight Sun thingy…