Who’s Really Behind Recent Republican Legislation in Wisconsin and Elsewhere? (Hint: It Didn’t Start Here)

Source: William Cronon, University of Wisconsin-Madison historian, Scholar as Citizen blog, March 15, 2011

A Study Guide for Those Wishing to Know More

After watching the sudden and impressively well-organized wave of legislation being introduced into state legislatures that all seem to be pursuing parallel goals only tangentially related to current fiscal challenges-ending collective bargaining rights for public employees, requiring photo IDs at the ballot box, rolling back environmental protections, privileging property rights over civil rights, and so on-I’ve found myself wondering where all of this legislation is coming from.

Subheadings include:
– The Walker-Koch Prank Phone Call Reveals A Lot, But Not Nearly Enough
– Conservative History Post-1964: A Brilliant Turnaround Story
– Basic Tools for Researching Conservative Groups
– Telling Your State Legislators What to Do: The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
– Becoming a Member of ALEC: Not So Easy to Do
– Partners in Wisconsin and Other States: SPN, MacIver Institute, WPRI
– Understanding What These Groups Do
– A Cautionary Note
– Reasserting Wisconsin’s Core Values: Decency, Fairness, Generosity, Compromise
– An Introductory Bibliography on the Recent History of American Conservatism
Abusing Open Records to Attack Academic Freedom
Source: William Cronon, Scholar as Citizen blog, March 24, 2011

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