And now the Teamsters are quoting me approvingly?

How did this happen?

Readers of this blog know that ALEC (the American legislative Exchange Council) is a corporate dating group for state lawmakers. It offers lawmakers thinly disguised vacations at posh resorts in exchange for legislation that empowers corporations, enriches billionaires, eradicates public education, destroys workers’ rights, undermines health and safety, weakens democracy and lowers the standard of living for the 99 percent.

So why would Facebook and Google want to join ALEC?

Tim Worstall at Forbes magazine has a great explanation: It’s the way the system works.

Yes,. of course, I know that I am correct here but in which parallel universe is a trade union agreeing with me?

Best explanation we’ve heard.

7 thoughts on “And now the Teamsters are quoting me approvingly?”

  1. Interesting that the Teamsters say that ALEC is a mechanism for screwing the workers while you, Tim, describe it as a means of the evil corporations to defend themselves against the bloody politicians.

    Perhaps, come the Revolution, top-hatted capitalists will join with the downtrodden proletariat to massacre the politicos and bureaucrats.

  2. Interesting Tim.

    i’m still trying to work out what Facebook (or more specifically, its founder and senior management) gets out of its aggressive promotion of more mass immigration to the US.

    Uber-rich uber-geek Zuckerberg is bankrolling FWD.us, a pro-mass immigration lobby group that believes there just aren’t enough immigrants in the land of the free. That might be a surprise to anybody who has been inside a Walmart or the car park of a Home Depot in the US.

    They’re claiming they can’t get the IT staff, but that’s obviously bollocks, because the USA is a country of some 300 million people, many of whom are underemployed recent software graduates, the US government already has a generous visa system to fill Silicon Valley up with Indian software techs, and Facebook’s workforce is pretty tiny anyway – about 5,000.

    I can understand why the agriculture lobby in America wants to keep the cheap migrant labour spigot flowing, with all the externalities covered by the mug taxpayers, but Facebook – what do they get out of it?

  3. ‘They’re claiming they can’t get the IT staff’
    You need to add.. ‘cheaply enough’ to get to the truth. Its similar to the British engineering companies bleating about the lack of engineers.

  4. Steve, Facebook gets some corporate misdirection from selling our personal data to advertisers, and Mark polishes his halo (the one he thinks he’s wearing) 🙂

  5. “Uber-rich uber-geek Zuckerberg is bankrolling FWD.us, a pro-mass immigration lobby group that believes there just aren’t enough immigrants in the land of the free. That might be a surprise to anybody who has been inside a Walmart or the car park of a Home Depot in the US.”

    For some reason I thought of that scene in Gangs of New York where the second generation Irish are chucking rocks at the Irish immigrants as they got off the boat at Ellis Island (?)

  6. Eddy – Some years ago I remember reading about a bus company in Glasgow complaining that they couldn’t find enough staff, so they were “forced” to hire immigrants. Apparently competition for semi-skilled labour in Glasgow is incredibly fierce, or something. Or maybe it’s the wages on offer. Hmmm.

    Rupert – It does seem to have taken on the feel of a moral crusade among the leftist chattering classes. See also Tim’s recent post on Dan Hodges’ recent post complaining that those UKIP blighters are making immigration a political talking point, when as any fule kno we’re not supposed to talk about it except in glowing terms.

    Runcie – It may be partly because of Daniel Day Lewis’ wonderful scene-chewing performance, partly due to the sneaky behaviour of the “goodie” played by Leo DiCaprio, partly even because I’m a bad man and thus unmoved by the idea that it’s immoral to oppose unlimited numbers of foreigners rolling up on our shores, but I couldn’t help but root for Bill The Butcher in that film:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrkw1UgX3q0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    He and the Irish gang leader played by Liam Neeson were the only honourable characters in that movie.

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