Moyers and Company: United States of ALEC: A Follow-Up — Fascism USA

Dandelion Salad
June 21, 2013

A national consortium of state politicians and powerful corporations, ALEC — the American Legislative Exchange Council — presents itself as a “nonpartisan public-private partnership”. But behind that mantra lies a vast network of corporate lobbying and political action aimed to increase corporate profits at public expense without public knowledge.

In state houses around the country, hundreds of pieces of boilerplate ALEC legislation are proposed or enacted that would, among other things, dilute collective bargaining rights, make it harder for some Americans to vote, and limit corporate liability for harm caused to consumers — each accomplished without the public ever knowing who’s behind it. Using interviews, documents, and field reporting, the episode explores ALEC’s self-serving machine at work, acting in a way one Wisconsin politician describes as “a corporate dating service for lonely legislators and corporate special interests.”



From the archives:

American Fascism: Ralph Nader Decries How Big Business Has Taken Control of the U.S. Government

Patriotic Yardsticks for Unpatriotic Giant Corporations by Ralph Nader

Large Corporations Seek U.S.–European ‘Free Trade Agreement’ to Further Global Dominance by Andrew Gavin Marshall

Moyers and Company: The United States of ALEC + Unequal Justice

Socialism: Our Alternative To The Madness Of The Market by Eric Ruder

The Power Principle: Empire – Propaganda – Apocalypse (must-see)

The 15% Solution: A Political History of American Fascism, 2001-2022 Preface

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