As we wrote about the other day in Florida “Justifiable” Homicides Have Tripled Since Passage of “Stand Your Ground” Law - the Republican lobbying group ALEC is behind a great deal of what happened with the “Stand your Ground” law in Florida but also many other pieces of legislation across the country. Paul Krugman connects the dots and explains the seriousness behind the non-democratic process that ALEC engages in with Republican legislators throughout the country at the state level:
What this tells us, in turn, is that ALEC’s claim to stand for limited government and free markets is deeply misleading. To a large extent the organization seeks not limited government but privatized government, in which corporations get their profits from taxpayer dollars, dollars steered their way by friendly politicians. In short, ALEC isn’t so much about promoting free markets as it is about expanding crony capitalism.
And in case you were wondering, no, the kind of privatization ALEC promotes isn’t in the public interest; instead of success stories, what we’re getting is a series of scandals. Private charter schools, for example, appear to deliver a lot of profits but little in the way of educational achievement.
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