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  •  Even the John Birch Society knows that ALEC (5+ / 0-)

    and it's Koch supporters are fascists:

    ALEC is in the forefront of spreading the P3 gospel at the state level, along with its progressive partner, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC), which, like ALEC, talks a good game of “free markets” while actually promoting corporate subsidies and economic fascism. “Fascism,” writes Lew Rockwell, president of the genuinely free market-oriented Ludwig von Mises Institute, “is the system of government that cartelizes the private sector, centrally plans the economy to subsidize producers, exalts the police state as the source of order, denies fundamental rights and liberties to individuals, and makes the executive state the unlimited master of society.” And it is precisely this kind of cartelized, centrally planned, fascist economy that the LEC/USCC/Obama/corporate alliance is producing.

    ALEC’s corporate P3 members are well represented by:

    • Big Pharma (Abbott, AstraZeneca, Bayer, Genetech, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfi­zer);

    • Big Farm (Altria Group, Archer Daniels Midland, Kraft Food, J.R. Simplot, ­Monsanto);

    • Big Oil (Shell, BP, Peabody, Marathon, Texaco, Tenneco, Chevron, ExxonMobil);

    • Big Banking (Bank of America, Coldwell Banker, Wells Fargo, First Chicago NBD);

    • Big Gambling (Hollywood Casino Corp., Argosy Gaming Co., Boyd Gaming Corp., GTECH Corp.);

    • Big Media (Cox Communications, Comcast, the Wall Street Journal, News Corp., Thompson Reuters, Time Warner Cable);

    • Big Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield, Farmers Group, GEICO, Liberty Mutual, State Farm, Travelers);

    • Big Tech (Yahoo, Facebook, Google, AT&T, eBay, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Sony);

    • Big Soda (Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group);

    • Big Liquor (Seagram & Sons, Hiram Walker, Miller-Coors);

    • Big Box Stores (Best Buy, Home Depot, JC Penney, Lowe’s);

    • Big Auto (Ford, GM, Toyota, Chrysler).

    ALEC’s critics on the Left erroneously cite these cozy corporate ties as evidence of the corruption inherent in “free market” capitalism. But the ALEC/Obama P3 “partnerships” are the antithesis of genuine free markets, in which entrepreneurs risk their own capital — not that of the captive taxpayers — to build businesses that provide goods and services consumers freely choose to purchase, not those determined for them by politicians and government planners.

     Emphasis mine

    Please note that this is the John Birch society writing the above snips, and that they are so far right that they consider the US Chamber of Commerce, another Koch-funded organization as "progressive" so you have to understand the context here.

    H/T to MNDem999 for finding this article in her ALEC research.  It is likely that the right wing Birchers have inside access to ALEC, and that the list of "big" corporate supporters is quite likely to be an accurate portrayal of ALEC and its true corporatist/government coziness.

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 07:45:04 AM PDT

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    •  And for those who think this is a new component (6+ / 0-)

      of how they operate, Vice President Henry Wallace under Roosevelt wrote an article for the New York Times regarding American fascism:

      Wallace's Times Article on American Fascism

      Even during the second world war, corporatists were attempting to grab governmental powers. At least back then, American leadership had sufficient integrity to fight off the more extreme elements of the oligarchs.

      Today, they just shrug their shoulders, accept the bribes and move on - and the ones who don't play along with them get excoriated in the media and get to be called "Lib'rul socialists". And people are stupid enough to believe it.

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