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Labor politics

September 5, 2014

The Texas Supreme Court, in a case involving Koch Industries, has ruled that our state’s right-to-work laws imply that a company may lie to its employees about its intentions regarding layoffs, without repercussion.

The Koch brothers help fund ALEC, which writes many of the state laws that Republican legislatures obediently pass. Someone who associates ALEC with economic rather than social issues might be puzzled that it has been pushing tougher prison sentences for non-violent offenders. It also has been pushing laws to privatize prisons and to turn prisoners into lucrative labor for private industry.

That should be enough to cause anyone with a libertarian bone to spurn ALEC. Alas, many who wear that label support some policies that are quite authoritarian. Kudos to Microsoft, which has decided to spurn ALEC.

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