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October 1, 2010 / marios

Brainwashing the middle class

I recently read an eye-opening, jaw dropping article about the Koch brothers (pronounced Coke) in the New Yorker. Have you ever heard of the Koch brother? Well … at least I had not until recently.

David and Charles Koch are the owners of the Koch Industries, a conglomerate that “specializes” in oil refinement and chemicals, minerals, polymers, fertilizers, lumber, and … commodity trading. The Koch Industries is ranked by Forbes as the 2nd largest privately owned company in the U.S., and the combined fortune of David and Charles Koch is exceeded only by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. In few words, these guys are rich.

Now here is the kicker. The Koch brothers, have spent a significant amount of capital to influence the tea party movement to turn their company’s private agenda into a grassroots, citizen movement. And they have managed to do that completely under the radar, without being directly linked with the tea party, while at the same time tea party supporters rally behind slogans against lobbyists and special interests. Genius!

The New Yorker article goes on to describe how the Koch brothers have accomplished that, based on their belief that in order to influence politics you have to influence society at its roots, starting from Academia and think tanks, which is a process that takes years to accomplish. The Koch brothers have been trying to do that for the better part of the last 20 years, by financing most activities of the libertarian movement, and recently, the tea party.

In other words, the Koch brothers are underwriting a long running, brainwashing operation targeting the middle class. How else can you explain the fact that after eight years of failed financial policies, that concentrated even more wealth to the top 5% richest Americans, lead to financial disaster, and the highest unemployment rate in decades, there are still people out on the street rallying for tax cuts for the rich, fewer Government regulations for industries, oh, and by the way, unaffordable health care for themselves (since the rich get everything for free anyway, including health care and tickets to the Superbowl), and no environmental regulation to protect the planet that their own kids will occupy in the future. It makes you think, if tax cuts for the rich eventually trickle down to the middle class, wouldn’t they have trickled down after eight years already? Look at what happened instead, it is staring you at the face…

You can read the full article here.

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  1. politesmile / Oct 1 2010 11:12 am

    I’ve been shocked as well by the recent articles about the Koch brothers. Although I think “brainwashing” might be a little strong, they certainly have a great deal of power, and I’m glad that what they’ve been doing is finally coming to light. On another topic, you have a lot of interesting links on your blog. Thanks for sharing them.

  2. m / Oct 1 2010 2:20 pm

    It’s always nice to be welcomed with a polite smile :)

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