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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Kochs “Anarcho-Totalitarianism.”

David and Charles Koch are two of the wealthiest people in the world. Yes, they are in fact one of the nation's greatest threats. Despite GOP efforts to shield their most noted money-brokers from proper scrutiny from the Left

The informed or those who seek to be informed can easily educate themselves regarding two men who so obviously wish to develop and nurture a United States that serve as a vast game board for their empire building and far-right views.

Forbes 500 richest in the world (we show top 10)
1. Bill Gates
Net Worth: $76 B
Source of wealth: Microsoft
2. Carlos Slim Helu & family
Net Worth: $72 B
3. Amancio Ortega
Net Worth: $64 B
Source of wealth: retail
4. Warren Buffett
Net Worth: $58.2 B
Source of wealth: Berkshire Hathaway
5. Larry Ellison
Net Worth: $48 B
Source of wealth: Oracle
6. Charles Koch 
Net Worth: $40 B
Source of wealth: diversified
6. David Koch
Net Worth: $40 B
Source of wealth: diversified
8. Sheldon Adelson
Net Worth: $38 B
Source of wealth: casinos
9. Christy Walton & family
Net Worth: $36.7 B
Source of wealth: Wal-Mart
10. Jim Walton
Net Worth: $34.7 B
Source of wealth: Wal-Mart

Well, at least the top 10 includes two people who are known to live their lives as open-minded and progressive people. Neither Gates nor Buffet are known for vast networks of political influence peddling, nor do they appear to harbor a desire to shape US government to their likeness. Moreover, neither Gates nor Buffet has developed political platforms (foundations, networks and money scrubbing operations) to facilitate the spread of money to thousands with the obvious desire of unrestrict their vast empires via elimination of federal regulation.

The Web of power and influence.

The Kochs are Libertarian. I have read reports famed conservative William F, Buckley referred to Libertarians (and the Kochs) as  “Anarcho-Totalitarianism.”

In 2010 Jim Horn writing for The Nation keyboarded a piece including the following except.

The Koch Brothers’ Brand of "Anarcho-Totalitarianism" 
A must read from The Nation:Eric Alterman | September 9, 2010

Jane Mayer’s New Yorker profile of Charles and David Koch reveals a decades-long investment of many hundreds of millions of dollars to achieve a single goal. The billionaire oilmen sought to “bring about social change” to advance what Charles Koch calls their “radical philosophy.” To make this happen, they’ve adopted a “vertically and horizontally integrated” strategy “from idea creation to policy development to education to grassroots organizations to lobbying to litigation to political action.”  
How radical? When, in 1980, David Koch ran for vice president on the Libertarian Party ticket—a race he also funded—his platform called for the abolition of Social Security, minimum-wage laws, gun control, all personal and corporate income taxes and much else. A worried William F. Buckley Jr. called it “Anarcho-Totalitarianism.” 
What the Kochs were doing, as Mayer astutely notes, is implementing the strategy originally laid out by Lewis Powell’s now infamous 1971 memo to the director of the US Chamber of Commerce, by which the political culture of the United States would be transformed on behalf of individuals and corporations of great wealth. The primary obstacle Powell identified was not the remnants of the late-’60s antiwar and civil rights movements, which were both in the process of disintegration. Rather, they sought to undermine the “respectable elements of society” and replace them with people like themselves. . .   

Buckley's characterization seems more than apropos. If we review 1980 VP candidate David Koch's 1980 Libertarian Party platform, "Anarcho" seems as clear as the Koch billions. The Kochs are consumed with anti-government misprision and they do not hesitate to promulgate, annunciate and shepherd transforming respectable elements of society” and replace them with people like themselves.....

"People like themselves..."

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We only have to consider the word "totalitarian" and the Koch's obvious efforts to subvert the Obama Administration for a revealing view of their desire for oligarchy/plutocracy. These men would be "kings." Their fiefdom wouldn't be a subservient world out of respect for leadership, security nor fear. It would be a world reliant on the opulence of the Koch's with politicians (state and federal) willing to line their pockets as Knights of the kingdom with legislative and judicial control over you, me and our very existence. Let's take a quick look at the Clark/Koch 1980 campaign platform

"Anarcho-Totalitarianism" 1980 Libertarian Party platform

Do you recognize why the GOP and conservative America never move forward? The party literally reminds me of the Paleozoic Era amphibians that refused to move from the water to the shore and literally relegated themselves a limited and much more precarious existence. The 1980 platform provides a nucleus and boiler-plate for all things conservative in Circa 2010 America.
Now, a more descriptive probe of a few excerpts of the Libertarian Party platform from 1980:

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Here are just a few excerpts of the Libertarian Party platform that David Koch ran on in 1980:
  • We urge the repeal of federal campaign finance laws, and the immediate abolition of the despotic Federal Election Commission.”
  • “We favor the abolition of Medicare and Medicaid programs.”
  • “We oppose any compulsory insurance or tax-supported plan to provide health services, including those which finance abortion services.”
  • “We also favor the deregulation of the medical insurance industry.”
  • “We favor the repeal of the fraudulent, virtually bankrupt, and increasingly oppressive Social Security system. Pending that repeal, participation in Social Security should be made voluntary.”
  • “We propose the abolition of the governmental Postal Service. The present system, in addition to being inefficient, encourages governmental surveillance of private correspondence.  Pending abolition, we call for an end to the monopoly system and for allowing free competition in all aspects of postal service.”
  • “We oppose all personal and corporate income taxation, including capital gains taxes.”
  • “We support the eventual repeal of all taxation.”
  • “As an interim measure, all criminal and civil sanctions against tax evasion should be terminated immediately.”
  • “We support repeal of all law which impede the ability of any person to find employment, such as minimum wage laws.”
  • “We advocate the complete separation of education and State.  Government schools lead to the indoctrination of children and interfere with the free choice of individuals. Government ownership, operation, regulation, and subsidy of schools and colleges should be ended.”
  • “We condemn compulsory education laws … and we call for the immediate repeal of such laws.”
  • “We support the repeal of all taxes on the income or property of private schools, whether profit or non-profit.”
  • “We support the abolition of the Environmental Protection Agency.”
  • “We support abolition of the Department of Energy.”
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  • “We call for the dissolution of all government agencies concerned with transportation, including the Department of Transportation.”
  • “We demand the return of America's railroad system to private ownership. We call for the privatization of the public roads and national highway system.”
  • “We specifically oppose laws requiring an individual to buy or use so-called "self-protection" equipment such as safety belts, air bags, or crash helmets.”
  • “We advocate the abolition of the Federal Aviation Administration.”
  • “We advocate the abolition of the Food and Drug Administration.”
  • “We support an end to all subsidies for child-bearing built into our present laws, including all welfare plans and the provision of tax-supported services for children.”
  • “We oppose all government welfare, relief projects, and ‘aid to the poor’ programs. All these government programs are privacy-invading, paternalistic, demeaning, and inefficient. The proper source of help for such persons is the voluntary efforts of private groups and individuals.”
  • “We call for the privatization of the inland waterways, and of the distribution system that brings water to industry, agriculture and households.”
  • “We call for the repeal of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.”
  • “We call for the abolition of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.”
  • “We support the repeal of all state usury laws.”

As I read through the platform my mind conjured up a couple of images. First, I envisioned young boys sitting around with no cares in the world, fantasizing about how their world order is good for all. They appeared to have fantasized without the benefit of any counter-opinions nor thought of humanity beyond that of wealthy or financially well-off Americans. Second, the platform was void of concern for those who by existentialist reality live in the lower strata of capitalist society. All capitalist societies exist with denizens who comprise the lower 80 percent. Capitalism doesn't work without millions upon millions who are relegated to working as mid to low paid jobs. A closer read of the 1980 platform, lends to the thought, libertarians care nothing about middle class Americans. People who rely on Medicaid and Medicare as the human mind and body grows to a level of less work environment productivity. On a tertiary basis, the platform was clearly developed by uber wealthy industrialist who have no use for any form of federal regulation of industry or Wall Street. I must ask don't we have evidence less or no regulation is a middle class killer. We only have to look back at the end of the Bush years, the Environmentally ruined Gulf Of Mexico and various fossil fuel related mishaps across the full scope of the continental US and Alaska to find fallacy in Koch anti- regulation paradigm and strategy. Ultimately, who would challenge the Koch brothers "bank" with million awaiting those who would do their bidding. 

Abolish or rid the nation of.........?

Federal Aviation Administration
Food and Drug Administration
Occupational Safety and Health Act
Consume Product Safety Commission
Medicare and Medicaid programs
You might think, well Pardu what you have is a 1980's platform that has surely evolved over the 34 years since. Seriously? We see evidence of each platform item as consistently as we see the US House of Representatives enact ACA repeal votes (55 votes at $1.6 million USD per the math).

if you "went there," I offer a detailed set of support for how the Koch's have worked to shape the nation in their likeness since the election loss in 1980.  

History Commons Dot Org.

An eye on the Kochs from 1979 towards US plutocracy:

April 2010 and After: Conservative Billionaires Constructing Database of Conservative Voters to Influence Elections
For people like the Kochs, when the person fails via the system, the system becomes a target.
A long period of cocooning accompanied by lavish spending and the exercise of privilege begotten from privilege; focused on transforming respectable elements of society” and replace them with people like themselves.....
The manifestation of Koch reining the grips of moneyed influence that has developed to the Open Secrets Dot Org chart above. 
The Kochs spend millions obstructing ObamaCare despite the fact Ronald Reagan and many Republicans provided the basic structure of national healthcare.
A Maze of Money as charted above cannot flourish and provide effective political power-brokerage without the aid of organizing their cabal.
People who cannot stand publicity and who mask themselves from public scrutiny must have concern regarding their cause.
Of course.....
Did I mention judicial control above?
And Romney and shown they would have made the perfect Executive Branch stooges for the Kochs, Adelson and other oligarchs.
The Oligarch continued to wrestle control of the Right.

The Kochs are industrialist "to the max." They are about personal achievement and growth of empire. The brothers earned $12 billion dollars in 2013 and the brothers report record earnings since Obama ascended to the presidency in 2009. While we are making that point, lets take a look at how the Koch brothers have fared since Year 2000.

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We posit the numbers look much more stark if we reviewed from 2009 - 2013. 

While not directly related to the Kochs, we will never pass an opportunity to show the horrors of income disparity that affects you and me on a daily basis.  And yes, as two of the nation's most rich, the Koch's are front an center among Top .0001 percent (ers) amidst the disparity you are about to see.

What took place in 1979? The beginning of an era for the from the political Right with requisite "trickle-down" economics as core 3Ps (Paradigm, Policy and Practice)

All said, American conservatism has not only failed to advance both socially and economical/fiscally, the movement and its manifest party, the GOP, have come under the financial web of uber wealthy plutocrats. Once money becomes the motive and opportunity for holding office, greedy industrialist have the politician gripped by any available extremity. Once the politician or judge is in the grip, we via societies order become the true pheasants of the fiefdom. 

Since, I know you know the Koch as singularly responsible for the Tea Party and all the horrors it has delivered upon society, we will end as follows.

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