In 1973, a small but powerful group of right-wing state legislators and activists met in Chicago. They gathered to form an organization for those who believe that government, in their words, ought to be limited and closest to the people.- And since, thanks to Chief Justice John Roberts and Mitt Romney, we know that corporations are, in fact, people, it makes sense that Exxon Mobil, Wal-Mart and Koch Industries are among the funders of this secretive and influential group, the American Legislative Exchange Council, known by its sweet-sounding acronym ALEC.
If you had to explain America s economic success with one word, that word would be education. In the 19th century, America led the way in universal basic education. Then, as other nations followed suit, the high school revolution of the early 20th century took us to a whole new level. And in the years after World War II, America established a commanding position in higher education.