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This phrase came to me a few days ago. I thought it had some rhetorical potential, and I offer it here for anyone's use.

"Koch Brothers Capitalism," by labeling a kind of capitalism, implies that there are other kinds of capitalism. And that means that capitalism doesn't have to take the destructive form people like the Koch Brothers are giving it.

The Koch Brothers name quickly conjures up the monstrous nature of what too much of American capitalism has become in our time:

1)It is insatiable for wealth, as these billionaires show themselves to be with their relentless quest to prevent this nation from responding to the challenge of climate change, sacrificing our children's future for more profits for themselves and the rest of the world's richest industries.

2) It works relentlessly to demolish our democracy, turning it instead into a plutocracy, working to translate the widening gap in wealth between the super-rich and the rest into a corresponding gap in political power.

3) Koch Brothers Capitalism has no concern for the greater good, its relentless drive for wealth and power being an expression of unbridled selfishness.

4) It's political conduct debases our national discourse, subverting rational deliberation with its reliance on manipulating the public with lies and disinformation.

This kind of capitalism deserves a name that reeks upon the very mention of it. And the Koch Brothers provide that stench.

Down with Koch Brothers Capitalism, I say. And let's have the kind of capitalism that is willing to be structured so that it contributes to a healthy society rather than destroys it.

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Andy Schmookler -- an award-winning author and recent candidate for Congress in Virginia's 6th District -- is now launching a campaign to change the national conversation. The campaign has the motto: "See the Evil. Call it Out. Press the Battle."

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  •  To understand the Koch attitude (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Timmethy

    You have to look at the origin of the wealth. In 1928 their father took his new method of cracking crude which he could not sell in the US to Russia to build oil refineries. He got back to the US with his profit of around a half billion dollars just as the Great Recession hit and stocks were selling for pennies. He continued working for Stalin until his death and continued working for the Soviet Union until 1956 when they did not renew his contract. He came back to the US where he immediately became a staunch anticommunist and a founder of the John Birch Society. He taught his kids Stalinist methods of big lie propaganda and Stalinist Leninist methods of political control of a portion of society they referred to as "Useful Idiots" Thus they conceived, sponsored, promoted, financed, own and control the "Tea Party" who it would seem want the exact same controlled society as the Koch Brothers.

    If you Google you can find a screen shot involving the tea party and the Koch brothers from 2002 way before they unleashed it.

    Never promote men who seek after a state-established religion; it is spiritual tyranny--the worst of despotism. It is turnpiking the way to heaven by human law, in order to establish ministerial gates to collect toll. John Leland

    by J Edward on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 10:00:35 AM PDT

    •  I'm very interested in your statement: " (0+ / 0-)

      I'm very interested in your statement:

      He taught his kids Stalinist methods of big lie propaganda and Stalinist Leninist methods of political control of a portion of society they referred to as "Useful Idiots" Thus they conceived, sponsored, promoted, financed, own and control the "Tea Party" who it would seem want the exact same controlled society as the Koch Brothers.
      Are you able to document this idea that Koch Pere taught Koch Fils explicitly "Stalinist" methods?

      That seems a fertile line of attack, if it can be reliably substantiated.

      •  Fred Koch wrote a book in 1960 (0+ / 0-)

        In which he quotes his Russian handler explaining how the communists were going to take over America

        He told me how the Communists were going to infiltrate the U.S.A. in the schools, universities, churches, labor unions, government, armed forces, and to use his words, “We will make you rotten to the core.” I believe that due to his American experience he was one of the original architects of the Communist plan of subversion of the U.S.A.
        I believe this is a fictionalized version of his discussions with Stalin since this is the plan they have used with the tea party.

        I have also seen a discussion of Russian Revolution politics and methods on a Cato Institute site.

        You can't deny they they are experts at the "Big Lie"

        Never promote men who seek after a state-established religion; it is spiritual tyranny--the worst of despotism. It is turnpiking the way to heaven by human law, in order to establish ministerial gates to collect toll. John Leland

        by J Edward on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 12:53:32 PM PDT

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  •  "Capitalism" has been turned into a euphemism (1+ / 0-)
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    elwior

    for human predation.  It is the metier of exploiters.  The alternative, as a strategy for attaining sustenance, is give and take, mutual sharing. When the latter is the dominant mode, capital is what is in surplus, to be saved for the morrow.
    So, what I'd suggest is that there is real capital, as there is real economic activity (exchange and trade), and there is the perversion--a euphemistic designation for exploitation.

    http://hannah.smith-family.com

    by hannah on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 10:06:46 AM PDT

  •  These guy want to bring back (0+ / 0-)

    the company store on a national scale. As the song went I owe my soul to the company store. That is the Koch's plan for America nothing for you and everything for them. Live work and die for there profit

    Dogs and Philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards (Diogenes)

    by Out There on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 10:28:44 AM PDT

  •  Koch Brothers Capitalism! (0+ / 0-)

    Yup, I love it!

    It fits on a bumper sticker, and it's the perfect rejoinder to mindless taunts about socialism and commits, etc.

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