I’m participating in a roundtable tonight that will discuss how veterinary malpractice is seldom talked about, how we can change our laws to recognize the value of our pets and the purpose of this organizations documentary. I submitted my questions at 2AM and woke up to read the horror of typos I sent in the email.
Note to self: send emails only when in a coherent state 🤣
I got vaccinated yesterday and this was basically me till I fell asleep:
Anyway, everyone reading this already knows that things are really bad, the worst they’ve been in a long time. Ecological destruction is accelerating, fascism is reemerging, and COVID-19 is sweeping across the world. A really common response to these bad things is talking about which laws would solve them.
When people talk about the law, they like to talk about it as if whatever law they’re envisioning will be passed as they envision it. A more likely scenario is that a heavily modified version of whatever law you’ve envisioned would pass the House and die in the Senate. Even if it did pass, the thing that passed would under no circumstances be the policy that others supported.
Laws are fundamentally changed in the process of making them in order to get them to pass.
When people talk about laws in a “normative” way, when they say how the law should be, they get invested in legislation. It’s easy to do, a lot of the time the laws they propose would make a difference. This comes to a head when, inevitably, the law doesn’t get passed, or, when it does, the law is a shitty shadow of the good idea that it came from. People can get burned out and disillusioned pretty fast. The concept of activist burnout applies here too.
Another thing to point out is, laws only exist to the degree that it’s enforced. Which depends heavily on a couple of factors;
• Can the aggrieved party prove anything happened? If I don’t pay all of your wages, can you actually prove that happened? If I promised you a promotion for doing extra work, can you prove that conversation ever took place? Can my unpaid intern prove that they were doing normal working tasks and not just the learning tasks they were supposed to be doing?
• Is there any political will to attempt to enforce that law? If the law isn’t popular with the political leaders, funding for enforcement won’t be there and it’s just in the books.
• Is the government itself strong enough to enforce the laws? This happens a lot in places where the government is weak. Yes there’s a law, and yes they try to enforce it. But they don’t have the power to really muscle down individuals who can simply ignore it and do what they want to anyway.
I was never interested in this topic and it’s frustrating how my connection to it is Jordan.
For awhile the situation seemed like it brought out the absolute worst in me. The one time I needed representation, the outcome for success in my case is low, so majority of the time, the “law” tells me not to pursue.
In other news ~
Is coming soon, I took the site off maintenance mode too early. There’s loads that still need to be added in, and with the many distractions I have going on right now, it was best to flip that switch back on lol.