Posted by: shannynmoore | February 13, 2010

Moore Up North: Separation of Corporation and State

UPDATE: Jim Bowles, president of Conoco Phillips Alaska, was mentioned in this week’s episode of Moore Up North.  Mr. Bowles was killed today in an avalanche.  The show was taped last Thursday.  Politics are just that and our prayers and condolences go out to the families of the men who were killed.


This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Vic Fischer, one of Alaska’s Founding Fathers.  Vic has studied and taken part in Alaska government and politics for over 50 years. He was a territorial legislator, a delegate to Alaska’s constitutional convention, and later a state senator. He is currently engaged in state policy, local government, and Alaska-Russia issues.


Dr. Riki Ott is a community activist, a former commercial salmon “fisherm’am,” and has a degree in marine toxicology with a specialty in oil pollution. She experienced firsthand the devastating effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill—and chose to do something about it.

Riki Ott’s BOOKS:

Sound Truth and Corporate Myth$: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

Not One Drop: Promises, Betrayal, and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

Riki is also the founder of three nonprofit organizations that deal with lingering harm from man-made environmental disaster.

Riki was the 2008 Cook Inlet Keeper Muckraker of the Year.

Sign the petition to separate Corporation and State

Riki lives in Cordova, Alaska.

Elstun Lauesen is a former columnist for the Anchorage Daily News, contributing author for Going Rouge, and a Rural Development Specialist.

Dick LaFever is a principal of Crossroads Leadership Institute, an international organizational consulting company.  He is also an adjunct faculty member at Alaska Pacific University.  Dick teaches a business ethics course.



  1. Thank you thank you for doing such a great interview with Vic Fischer. This is archive material.
    I will cut to the short that killing people for crime is too easy for the criminal. life in prison is more like what they deserve. OK what can i say i just dont view death as others do. Karma is a bitch but lets just make things a bitch NOW. Im sorry i dont know i just always told my kid not to kill anything unless your going to eat all of it…EWWW
    So thus is my point.

  2. Shannyn, I presume you’ve heard that Jim Bowles was killed in an avalanche today while snowmachining near Spencer Glacier.

    • I got the news while we were at dinner and just updated this post…

  3. I enjoyed the show, as always… I’ve lately been thinking that, if corporate entities want to possess the rights of individuals, they should not just have the BENEFITS of being individuals — they should also have to accept the limitations of individuals. As individual humans, we have to accept that our lives will end at some point. It should be the same for individual corporations. Some sort of DEATH PANEL could be set up, & every year X number of corporate names would be drawn from a hat; those corporations would then have to “die,” & sell off their individual components — thus reinvigorating the competitive marketplace! The stockholders would be treated as “beneficiaries” (did I spell that right?), paid off & allowed to reinvest however they desire.

    Of course I’d prefer just taking all ‘individual” rights back from corporations… The sooner the better!

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