The pendulum, if you will, continues to swinging to it's right-most zenith point in history to become the polar opposite, of greater force, of where the liberal movement went amok in its hey day, but with the help of ALEC it is poised to be far more pervasive and harmful. And we know how power corrupts.
Americans, DHC progressives and conservatives, believe in individual freedom to succeed based on one's initiative and enterprise, free of undue negative influence/damage imposed by other interests. I believe most progressives agree that in the past, in certain instances, the "pendulum" had swing too far and high to the left and was unsustainable when the economy shifted hard towards WAll Street's benefit. However, for the most part, the rise of unions and other causes in policy and law happened organically over a very long 50+ year period of economic expansion that benefited the majority of individuals and society in one way or another. Certainly it had many warts and those who gamed the systems, but that is more a human issue than progressive vs. conservative issue.
ALEC is different. ALEC is not organic. ALEC is an scheme specifically designed and implemented to benefit the conservative ruling class. ALEC is going for the jugular on several fronts and similar to the Patriot Act, in some ways seems attractive, but is fraught with dangerous (perhaps unanticipated) consequences for all Americans. The intended consequences are bad enough in and of themselves for freedom.http://billmoyers.com/2013/05/30/alec-update/