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Broke the Koch Brothers' Takeover of America
What You Should Know / September 1, 2010 -- I want to say at the outset that I think it’s limiting to see the Kochs’ funding of arguments against big government and socialism as hypocritical in light of their pursuit of big government money and ties to socialism. “Hypocritical” is rational conclusion, but in cases where you’re talking about business-funded ideology, it strikes me as a perspective that doesn’t generate any kind of serious economic outrage, doesn’t lead anywhere, except to say that there’s an inconsistency there. When a business interest funds an ideology the point is to use it to get richer and more powerful. Along the way, there is a visionary dimension as well; the person might actually believe in what they are funding, and not make the inconsistent connection themselves, fund a cause in spite of their business, or sometimes it’s an interesting way to project a defense of your own sins; much in the way that slave owners of the past frequently talked about their moral duty to teach their slaves not to be so lazy using corporal punishment.

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