MSM do not know how to stop freedom so they attack Koch Industries

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Offline Ilsa

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This is interesting. Yasha Levine likes to be a 'gonzo journalist', but he mainly writes about Diane Feinstein screwing up the water system in California, and he is deliberately living in a house in a foreclosure disaster neighborhood of Victorville to emphasize doom themes.  http://exiledonline.com/desert-dispatch-meth-morons-and-murder-in-victorville/

 The Koch family, America's biggest financial backers of the Tea Party, would not be the billionaires they are today were it not for the godless empire of the USSR.
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The Tea Party movement's dirty little secret is that its chief financial backers owe their family fortune to the granddaddy of all their hatred: Stalin's godless empire of the USSR. The secretive oil billionaires of the Koch family, the main supporters of the right-wing groups that orchestrated the Tea Party movement, would not have the means to bankroll their favorite causes had it not been for the pile of money the family made working for the Bolsheviks in the late 1920s and early 1930s, building refineries, training Communist engineers and laying down the foundation of Soviet oil infrastructure.

The comrades were good to the Kochs. Today Koch Industries has grown into the second-largest private company in America. With an annual revenue of $100 billion, the company was just $6.3 billion shy of first place in 2008. Ownership is kept strictly in the family, with the company being split roughly between brothers Charles and David Koch, who are worth about $20 billion apiece and are infamous as the largest sponsors of right-wing causes. They bankroll scores of free-market and libertarian think tanks, institutes and advocacy groups. Greenpeace estimates that the Koch family shelled out $25 million from 2005 to 2008 funding the "climate denial machine," which means they outspent Exxon Mobile three to one.

I first learned about the Kochs in February 2009, when my colleague Mark Ames and I were looking into the strange origins of the then-nascent Tea Party movement. Our investigation led us again and again to a handful of right-wing advocacy groups directly tied to the Kochs. We were the first to connect the dots and debunk the Tea Party movement's "grassroots" front, exposing it as billionaire-backed astroturf campaign run by free-market advocacy groups FreedomWorks and Americans For Prosperity, both of which are closely linked to the Koch brothers.

But the Tea Party movement -- and the Koch family's obscene wealth -- go back more than half a century, all the way to grandpa Fredrick C. Koch, one of the founding members of the far-right John Birch Society which was convinced that socialism was taking over America through unions, colored people, Jews, homosexuals, the Kennedys and even Dwight D. Eisenhower.

These days, the Kochs paint themselves as true-believer Libertarians of the Austrian School. Charles Koch, the elder brother who runs the family business in Wichita, Kansas, quotes the wisdom of proto-libertarian "economist" Ludwig von Mises, but also sees himself as an economist in his own right. In 2007, Charles made his contribution to the body of free-market thought with an economic theory he calls "Market-Based Management" (a term he trademarked).

David Koch is the highbrow brother who lives in New York. He ran as the Libertarian party candidate for president in 1980 and says his dream is to "minimize the role of government, to maximize the role of private economy and to maximize personal freedoms." Apparently everyone's a free-market enthusiast at Koch Industries, including its spokeswoman, who recently wrote a letter to the New York Times stating that "it's a historical fact that economic freedom best fosters innovation, environmental protection and improved quality of life in a society." It might be true somewhere for someone, but not for the Kochs -- they owe it all to socialism and totalitarianism.

Here is a better historical fact, one that the Kochs don't like to repeat in public: the family's initial wealth was not created by the harsh, creative forces of unfettered capitalism, but by the grace of the centrally planned economy of the Soviet Union. The Koch family, America's biggest pushers of the free-market Tea Party revolution, would not be the billionaires they are today were it not for the whim of one of Stalin's comrades.

The story of how the Koch family amassed its socialist wealth starts at the turn of the 20th century with the birth of Fredrick C. Koch. Fred was born in a tiny north Texas town to a Dutch immigrant and newspaper publisher. The historical record is not clear about the family's wealth, but it appears that great-granddaddy Koch was not hurting for cash, because Fred Koch turned out to be a smart kid and was able to study in MIT and graduate with a degree in chemical engineering. A few years later, in 1925, Fred started up the Winkler-Koch Engineering Company with a former classmate, quickly developing and patenting a novel process to refine gasoline from crude oil that had a higher yield than anything on the market. It was shaping up to be an American success story, where anything was possible with a bit of elbow grease and good ol' ingenuity.
continued at: http://www.alternet.org/economy/146504/the_roots_of_stalin_in_the_tea_party_movement/


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Re: The Roots of Stalin in the Tea Party Movement
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2010, 11:39:38 PM »
OMG, now the Tea Partiers are Stalinists?   ::)

Are they just throwing things at the wall to see what will stick?
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Re: The Roots of Stalin in the Tea Party Movement
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2010, 11:50:49 PM »
OMG, now the Tea Partiers are Stalinists?   ::)

Are they just throwing things at the wall to see what will stick?

seems that way, this is really fricking hilarious. why on't they investigate Armand Hammer and Al Gore?
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Re: MSM do not know how to stop freedom so they attack Koch Industries
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2010, 11:55:08 PM »
no - he just says that in the title and first paragraph as the hook. the main thing is about Koch, and how he founded a John Birch society after visiting Russia. Also - Koch is this figure kind of like Richard Mellon Scaife. There is a list of a top 10 or top 20 foundations and people who fund almost every political think tank in the country. They fund a lot of neocon stuff like Heritage society. Although, I'd have to think a bit before placing John birch as neo or paleocon. They do advocate use of the military to fight foreign enemies, and also state control to fight the commis.

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Re: MSM do not know how to stop freedom so they attack Koch Industries
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2010, 12:40:00 AM »
First of all these guys didn't start the tea party and second they act like because they sold services to commies that they are commies. No they are capitalists who made money off of commies and apparently used it to fund organizations that opposed communism.
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