Corporatism — August 16, 2013 at 12:37 pm

INTERVIEW: Wisconsin legislator Chris Taylor peeks behind the ALEC curtain (via Moyers & Co.)


Confirming what has long been accepted: ALEC is nothing more than a front group for corporate interests

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) calls itself “a nonpartisan public-private partnership of America’s state legislators, members of the private sector and the general public” that “works to advance the fundamental principles of free-market enterprise, limited government, and federalism at the state level”. It’s true that they are nonpartisan. However, what they don’t tell us, though the use of the phrase “free-market enterprise, limited government, and federalism” is a dead give-away, is that they are nothing more than a front group for corporations whose intentions are to advance legislation across the USA that is exclusively to the benefit of corporations. Even if it’s at the expense of actual living, breathing humans.

Wisconsin Democratic state Representative Chris Taylor recently attended an ALEC meeting to get a better understanding of what they are all about. What she found is what groups like ALEC Exposed have been telling us for so long. Members of ALEC are expected to keep quiet and do as they are told. She also discovered that ALEC’s network of front groups in expansive and pervasive and something that is essentially impossible for progressive groups who are not beholden to and heavily funded by corporate interests to compete with.

You can read about Rep. Taylor’s experience at the ALEC meeting in Chicago earlier this month and the transformation of the USA into what she calls the “ALEC Nation” in this must-read piece. One part that really struck me was this:

ALEC’s goal is to bring their privatization of public education to every state. They believe the question is no longer if a state will adopt vouchers, but when.

Below is an interview with Ms. Taylor that was conducted by Moyers & Company about her experience at the ALEC meeting. It is reposted here with permission.

Inside the ‘ALEC Universe’ (via Moyers & Company)

Representative Chris Taylor is a Democrat elected to the Wisconsin legislature in 2011. Last week, she attended the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) annual conference in Chicago. Writing about her experience at The Progressive magazine’…