According to Think Progress, the computer giant Dell (remember those “Dude, you’re getting a Dell!” TV ads?) has joined 20 other companies in withdrawing from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a right wing front for corporations seeking to remake states into GOP strongholds.
Dell sent a letter to Think Progress stating they had decided not to renew their membership in ALEC.
ALEC champions “free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty, through a nonpartisan public-private partnership of America’s state legislators, members of the private sector, the federal government, and general public.”
The group claims to believe in a tradition of “Jeffersonian principles,” though they seem to overlook the fact that Thomas Jefferson advocated for a more agrarian economy and was an opponent of the banking system created by Alexander Hamilton, which took root in the U.S. and made the country an economic powerhouse but also set us up for major inequities and the financial disasters that are so common. Indeed, Jefferson called out banks and corporations by saying the “selfish spirit of commerce knows no country, and feels no passion or principle but that of gain.”
To learn more about ALEC, including its connection to the Koch brothers, head over to The Center for Media & Democracy’s website ALEC Exposed.