Bill Moyers just released a new special report about the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. You can watch it here. Because the report is primarily produced by liberals and progressives, it largely accepts the myth that ALEC is primarily promoting policies that decrease the scope of government. However, it also illustrates the cronyism between corporations and politicians that ALEC facilitates, and left-libertarians should be able to recognize the authoritarianism and statism of many of the ALEC bills discussed. I have previously written a C4SS op-ed about ALEC, as has Kevin Carson.
When it comes to understanding ALEC, I think Carson said it best:
ALEC’s proposals represent “free enterprise” in much the same way that a chain gang from one of their “private” prisons represents “free assembly.”