What's not paid for has no value. That's the gospel of capitalism. That's why in my coaching service for the over-50 I had a sliding scale fee schedule. Even for those chronically unemployed, it's not for free.
One might decry capitalism's brutal ethos. But that's the way it is.
Years ago an innovator in performance art - Richard Mennen - launched the 99-cents Theatre. That was in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He could have charged nada. But he knew if he adopted the policy no one would respect the work of all those in that drama loop. Performances were jam-packed. He, the actors, set designers, and production staff mostly went on to the big time.
So, it seems misguided for a new recovery publication to request on Craigslist - Portland, Oregon Section - articles without providing payment.
What about the self-esteem of the contributors?
Two, three, or four years after having an article published in that media outlet will they perceive themselves as pawns for working for nothing? Writing is very hard work.
I am not an expert on addiction. However, I do have a background in the field.
My experience includes having been a probation officer in Michigan's Wayne County Court system's narcotics unit.
In August 1981, I had that moment of clarity that I was abusing alcohol and stopped.
Since then I have been observing commonalities among addicts. One seems to be low self-esteem. Those who manage to boost in seem to remain straight. Those who don't are vulnerable to relapse. The latter could generate double-digit stays in rehabs, costing the insurance industry and taxpayer lots of money.
Lawyers, as has been documented over and over again, have a higher than average rate of substance abuse. So, let's hope lawyers will steer clear of sharing their experience, strength, and hope free in article for that publication. Like, don't rock the boat.
A useful read for both those in recovery is Adam Smith's "Invisible Hand." Here it can be ordered from Amazon.
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“Over-50: Outsmarting Your Comfort Zone” https://over-50.typepad.com/over-50/2018/05/outsmarting-your-comfort-zone-free-book.html
“Over-50: The Four Monsters in the Mind” https://over-50.typepad.com/over-50/2018/04/ageism-bites-.html