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Michigan's Emergency Manager Laws Are Dismantling Democracy from Within with ALEC-branded Shock Doctrine

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While the United States has in general been a perpetrator of disaster capitalism upon developing nations, Michigan has emerged has a virtual laboratory for the application of the shock doctrine domestically. The shock they exploit in Michigan is the financial crisis that has hit many American cities and school districts. The governor appoints a single individual to oversee entire cities deemed to be in financial distress, usurping the power of local elected authorities. These individuals, like dictators, have free reign to break contracts with unions and others, sell off public property, and privatize services. Some of the people behind Michigan's disaster capitalism have been in the news a great deal lately. The American Legislative Executive Committee (ALEC) has been invested in Michigan's Emergency Manager Laws in a number of ways. Members of ALEC, like the Mackinac Center...

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