The Regulatory Trap

Excerpt from the CELDF Democracy School:

1. The regulatory system guarantees that the environment will be damaged, that the system actually permits it to occur, and that the system is built to recognize certain constitutional constraints.

2. Our “engaging in the regulatory system,” while limiting some of the harms done by corporations, cannot achieve the types of change we need, and that we are colonized to believe that it actually can.

3. Our thinking is colonized not only by the law–which establishes certain constraints that deny us the goals of our activism–but that our thinking is colonized by a culture that is created by those who benefit from the way that the system operates. 

4. On the issue of land application of sewage sludge, we’ve been colonized that a bad is a good, through language used to frame the issue.

5. On the issue of the corporatization of agriculture, we’ve been colonized that a bad is a good, through language used to frame the issue.

6. Both the regulatory system of law and the culture produce a system of activism that cannot stop a corporate minority from governing community majorities, and that the regulatory system of law and culture effectively drives us like cattle down to a point of activism where we cannot win the issue that we’re working on.

7. A regulatory system of law governs employer-employee relationships, and that regulatory system of law codifies the rights of the employer over the employee.

8. Regulatory systems of law were created not to protect health, safety, and welfare, but as a governmental barrier to prevent majority governance.

9. The traditional use of the regulatory system of law, and the operation of today’s regulatory agencies, are not mistakes or errors, but a logical use of the law to assert minority control over majorities. 

10. Law itself has a long history of being used by a minority to govern, that it was used by William the Conqueror to create an English structure of law; and that the mere existence of Constitutions does not guarantee democratic government.

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