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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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