(Note: The Town Attorney General does not exist at the writing of this
website, and never has existed in the United States. But the office should
exist, to protect the nation's citizens, other residents and small businesses
from destructive exploitation by the major corporations of the world.)
Town Attorney General Show
Michael Moore Wanted for Starring Role
Let me introduce myself. My name is Carl E. Person. I am an attorney and the
author of Saving Main Street and Its Retailers, and creator of the concept of the
position of a "Town Attorney General". I have taken my idea to Broadway -- well, Off
Broadway -- to the Producers Club Theatre, 458 W. 44th Street, between 8th and 9th
Avenues, in the Theatre District of New York City, just one block away from my office.
There are 6 theatres under one roof and management, as well as a bar, and various
rehearsal studios. [Note: The performances have been discontinued until further notice.]
I would much rather have Michael Moore be the performer, but I suspect he would readily
turn down the role. The role is his for the asking, and perhaps this will happen at some
Another Note: Together with the Town Attorney General is the right of voters in every town, city, village
and other municipalities in New York State to enact local statutes themselves, in what is known as
"ballot initiatives". I have 29 proposed local statutes ready for enactment through the petition
process (followed by voter acceptance at a general election). See my website for ballot initiatives at
My Website for Ballot Initiatives. My plan
is to put paid petition gatherers out into the streets of New York City to obtain the required number of signatures.
It doesn't take a genius to figure out that when you vote for candidates for office you almost never get fulfillment
of any of the promises of the winning candidate, but when you vote for enactment of a statute and you win, you get
the statute. From now on, we as voters should be in the business of electing statutes rather than candidates.
A copy of the 2-sided flyer for the show (at the top of this page) describes what the
show is about, if you donít have time to read the rest of this website.
The point-of-purchase display or poster for Saving Main Street and Its Retailers can be
seen by clicking above on "Point of Purchase Display for Book".
For a schedule of show performances, click on "Performance Schedule" above.
Just for the record, I conceived my idea for the show on February 19, 2005, as evidenced
by the following cryptic entry in my notes dated 2/19/05: "IDEA Soap Box Theatre - Town
Hall Theatre - Authors - IDEA - How - Do Saving Main Street book + lecture $20.00 or
$10.00 and sell book". Actually, I have been thinking for years about renting a
Broadway theatre for public discussion of political issues, but did not have any
specific show format in mind until 2/19/05.
The Show Concept
I thought of ways to create a "show" and "performance" rather than a political speech or
lecture, and developed the concept of having the Town Attorney General conduct a meeting
with his staff and/or focus group (which is the audience) to discuss various problems
affecting the town or village which can be addressed through appropriate litigation by
the Town Attorney General.
Each member of the audience will be given an identification badge with neck band for
displaying the badge, to show that the ticket-holder is a member of the Town Attorney
Generalís staff; the show will proceed with the audience able to leave his/her seat in
the theatre to obtain (20 feet away) coffee and other refreshments as part of the
meeting; I will be dressed up in the formal attire of a United States Solicitor General,
consisting of a morning coat, striped pants, a vest and a gray ascot. To see various
types of court dress that a U.S. Solicitor General might have worn, or might still wear,
go to the results of my Google images search,
Also, look at http://www.historyinthemaking.org/catalog/gallery.htm
[Note to Researchers: Iím still looking for a link to a picture of a formally-attired U.S. Solicitor General,
and any help would be appreciated (in fact, Iíll send 2 free tickets and 2 copies of
Saving Main Street and Its Retailers to the individual providing the link I actually use
on this site. Meanwhile, the foregoing link has excellent leads for anyone, such as
myself, wanting to purchase one or more sets of "court dress".]
To give an aura of authenticity to the meeting, I have had a seal created for the Town
Attorney General. See a copy of the seal to the left of this paragraph. The seal will
be applied to a 5í x 3í flag, attached to a flag pole, and displayed together with
a 5í x 3í American flag (on a pole, topped with an eagle) as part of the set for the
The show is outlined but without formal script, and further improvised by contributions
from the audience. The show centers upon the use of a Town Attorney General to fight
the corporate monopolies and take back the country for its human citizens.
"Town Attorney General" Is a New Political Office, Conceived during 9/04
I created the paralegal field during early 1972, and the field became the fastest
growing career field in the United States for about 15 straight years, as I recall.
I also tried to create the career field of a "Personal Assistant" without any personal
success that I can see. Now, I am trying to create another career field in the legal
profession, which I call the "Town Attorney General".
A "Town Attorney General" has never been appointed or elected anywhere in the United
States from inception to the writing of this website (on 2/28/05), but the concept may
well be vital to preserving the constitutional rights of Americans against the current
attack by the present administration of the federal government and other administrations
going back to the Nixon Administration.
Town Attorneys General Have Constitutional Role - Providing "Checks and Balances"
The United States depends upon separation of powers, a balancing of powers, and freedom
of the press to enable the electorate to be informed when exercising their right to vote.
Separation of powers requires "checks and balances" to prevent one power from exercising
too much power. An online encyclopedia defines constitutional "checks and balances
The American constitutional system includes a notion known as the Separation of Powers.
In this system, several branches of government are created and power is shared between
them. At the same time, the powers of one branch can be challenged by another branch.
This is what the system of checks and balances is all about.
By giving corporations the power of human beings, we as a country have enabled
non-human aggregates of capital to ride roughshod over human beings, and take away
their protections contained in the U.S. Constitution.
The federal institutions of the Attorney General and Justice Department, and various
federal agencies regulating commerce, have wholly failed to perform their job, which has
enabled large corporations to violate the law with near impunity and grow larger and
larger, while driving law-abiding smaller competitors out of business.
The answer to this, and to restore balance and competition, is to break up the federal
monopoly of antitrust law enforcement and have the law-enforcement power of the
Attorney General exercised at a different level of government. Eliot Spitzer, as
Attorney General at the state (New York State) level of government, shows that the
non-federal office of Attorney General can be highly effective to stop wrongdoing.
However, one governmental official in Albany, NY or New York, NY can hardly keep track
of the needs of perhaps 1,000 towns and villages in New York State. Each village and
town needs its own attorney general to watch over the town/village and bring suit
whenever appropriate to protect the interests of the town, its residents and its local
businesses in a way that only a local official could do.
The Town Attorney General Will Replace the Federal Government as Chief Enforcer of the Nationís Antitrust Laws and Other Laws Regulating Business
When you have wrongdoing by a single corporation adversely affecting 18,000 towns and
villages, you have the prospect of 100 or 1,000 or even 18,000 Town Attorney Generals
(or, to put it correctly, Town Attorneys General) bearing down on the errant
corporation with as many different antitrust lawsuits (and other lawsuits to enforce
laws regulating business), which would drive the errant corporation out of business,
unless it changes its ways and becomes a law-abiding corporation which it used to be
before the federal government stopped enforcing the nationís antitrust laws (starting
with the Nixon Administration or earlier).
Show Helps Overcome Major Media Blackout of Information Needed by Public to Vote
Intelligently, in the Votersí Own Interests, and to Obtain Meaningful Political Reform
The "Town Attorney General Meeting", as an Off Broadway show, allows the concept
and need for the Town Attorney General to be brought before the public in a unique,
instructive way, bypassing the major media which has not publicized the idea at all,
which of course is the function of the major media - not to inform, but to misinform
and prevent the electorate from knowing what it needs to know to vote intelligently
and in their own best interests.
Every time anyone wants to see a description of current Broadway, Off-Broadway and
Off-Off Broadway shows, he/she will have an opportunity to learn about the Town
Attorney General concept, and anyone who attends a performance will go back to
his/her community far better informed in a 1-1/2 hour show than the person has been
in obtaining similar information from the major media during the past 30 years.
The show goes back to the political origin of theatre, and I hope that theatre can
once again tell the public what it needs to know while the monopolized press, in
its support of the government which created and protects the media monopoly, fails
to provide the information.
Show Available for Presentation throughout the U.S. - At Public Meetings, Luncheons, Colleges and Universities, Business Organization
An interesting aspect to note is that the show is highly portable, and can be presented
anywhere in the United States on as little as 24-hoursí notice. If anyone is interested
in having the show presented in his/her own locality, please give me (Carl E. Person)
a telephone call, at 212-307-4444 to discuss details. An alternative to consider is
listening to or viewing the show during a webcast of a live performance in New York.
Click on "Webcast Video of Live Show" above.
Will License Interested Attorneys the Right to Present Live Show
Also, I would be interested in granting a license to an attorney to put on the show
in the attorneyís city, town or village - perhaps in anticipating of running for
mayor, town council or trying to get appointed (through such theatrical tryout) as
Town Attorney General.
Purpose of the Show
The purpose of the show is
(i) to educate the audience to go back into their communities throughout the United
States and get the local political leaders to enter into a dialog with me or others
concerning the communityís appointment of a Town Attorney General, to protect the
town, its residents and its local businesses from injury by the monopolistic
multinational corporations which care little for the town or America for that matter; and
(ii) to obtain distribution of Saving Main Street and Its Retailers in local retail stores
in the community, to enable residents of the community to obtain the information about
their economic plight not being told to them by the major media.
Locally-Owned Newspapers and Radio Stations Are Natural Allies
In this respect, the locally-owned newspapers and radio stations can become the most
ardent supporters of appointing a Town Attorney General, because these local media
are often the first to be hurt when their small-business advertisers are put out of
business by the major retailers soon after the major retailers open up their super
stores in the area.
The Town Attorney General Will Be More Effective Than Presidential Voting
There is a much better way than voting every four years to take back the country. It is to install a Town Attorney General in every town and village in the United States.
Towns and Villages Do Not Need the Cities to Obtain the Desired Reforms
We can worry about the cities later. Their problems are more difficult to cure
because of the practical difficulties involved in having a City Attorney General
trying to raise $5,000 to $10,000 per year per family, which for New York City and
its estimated 3 million families would require $15 billion to $30 billion per year
in revenues from the City Attorney Generalís lawsuits. A small town of 1,000 families
would only require $5 million to $10 million in lawsuit revenues, which from my own
experience as an antitrust litigator can easily be accomplished.
Antitrust Suits Can Produce Large Recoveries for the Plaintiff(s)
Iím reminded of Wal-Martís recent private antitrust class action against Visa and
MasterCard credit card companies, which was settled for a staggering $3 billion (Visa
to pay $2 billion and MasterCard to pay $1 billion over a 10-year period, with $220
million in attorneysí fees, undoubtedly payable immediately).
Receiving Progress Updates and Performance Schedules by Email
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email list, by clicking above on "Mailing List for Show Performances and Updates ".
You will be kept abreast of developments in trying to take back the United States
through appointment of Town Attorneys General as well as live-performance schedules,
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Also, let your friends, relatives and associates know about this grassroots way for
human citizens to take back their country from its present corporate rulers.
© Copyright 2005, 2008 by Carl E. Person