The Enron Blog was created out of frustration with the casual consensus that Enron was corrupt, a viewpoint enhanced by portrayals of greed and avarice in the media and the Department of Justice. My experience with Enron simply did not comport with that characterization.
Enron executives are innocent. Their company was toppled by a run on the bank, exactly like we’ve seen with Bear Stearns, IndyMac, Lehman Brothers, and other companies. There was no fraud or conspiracy at Enron.
The Enron blog seeks to demonstrate what happened at Enron with analysis and commentary on all facets of Enron Corporation, including Enron Broadband Services, the Nigerian Barge deals (with Merrill Lynch), the NatWest Three, and Arthur Andersen. It also covers the prosecutions of the executives, and the members of the Enron Task Force.
I sometimes write for days or weeks or months on one subject or even one deal, and then switch to something else. Posts about Corporate are mixed in with posts about EBS and NatWest Three and Nigerian Barges, etc. In order to make things a little easier to find, I’ve created the Enron Index. There, you will see topics grouped together by subject. There are two exceptions. The first is documents which in general are located under the “Enron Documents” label. These can be from any aspect of Enron. The second exception is “Today In Enron History” which has its own section. These are an accounting of what happened on any given day. I’ve been doing Today In Enron History for three years, and sometimes duplicate posts (I never copypaste, but I might discuss an event again, or update with exhibits). Thus, you may check a certain date two or three times before you find what you’re looking for. One day I will get around to consolidating it all, but today is not that day.
In addition to serious analysis, I write silly posts occasionally, such as the Enron Fairytales, and Enron Executives As Children or even the Enron Fashion stuff. These are just diversions for me – and if you enjoy them, I am pleased. But they don’t take away from the seriousness with which I approach my subject.
As you can see, I love well-rounded discussion, serious and silly, and there is no facet of Enron that I will not write about… except: I don’t entertain conspiracy theories. The most egregious conspiracy theory is that Ken Lay is alive. If you utter those words, I will not only delete your comment, I will ban you permanently and then put a hex on your house. And a pox. I just don’t like it. Such discussion is deeply offensive and I won’t tolerate it.
I also do not discuss the families of Enron executives. The only exception is public information. For instance, since Rebecca Carter was an employee at Enron Corporation, I might mention her as she directly relates to Enron Corporation (for instance, a memo signed by her.) However, I will not post updates about what she is doing now because she’s a private person. Under no circumstances will I ever post about the children of Enron executives. [Update: February 2011. I've made a single exception to this policy: the horrible, awful, tragic death of Jeff Skilling's beloved son. It is very public knowledge, covered widely in the media, and I felt that it would be appropriate to comment on the subject. I do not foresee there ever being another exception to this policy.]
I welcome reasoned discussion. You don’t have to agree with me but you must be polite. If you post inane blathering insults, your comments will probably get caught in my spam filter, where they will remain until I delete them.
Lastly, I don’t like to talk about myself. I receive questions about why I’m working on the blog and my Enron book, and I just like to keep that stuff private. I want to focus only on the facts in evidence about Enron Corporation.
And the last bit of housekeeping: if you would like to reach me, I can be contacted at blog dot caraellison on gmail.