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It’s Nobel Prize season again. News reports are coming out each day sharing the name of the illustrious winner of the various categories — Science, Literature, etc. But there’s one of the prizes that’s a little different. Well, that’s putting it lightly… you see, the Nobel Prize in Economics is not a real Nobel. It wasn’t created by Alfred Nobel. It’s not even called a “Nobel Prize,” no matter what the press reports say.

The five real Nobel Prizes—physics, chemistry, literature, peace, and medicine/physiology—were set up in the will left by the dynamite magnate when he died in 1895. The economics prize is a bit different. It was created by Sweden’s Central Bank in 1969, nearly 75 years later. The award’s real name is the “Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.” It was not established by Nobel, but supposedly in memory of Nobel. It’s a ruse and a PR trick, and I mean that literally. And it was done completely against the wishes of the Nobel family. (more…)

October 12th, 2012 | Comments (51)

Freakonomics Author Steven Levitt: Enemy of Chicago School Teachers

On Monday, September 10, the Chicago Teachers Union—the oldest teachers union in America—went on strike. Teachers are striking for better pay, smaller class sizes and more job security. They are striking against school privatizations, teaching to standardized testing and the general…

September 12th, 2012 | Comments (52)

The Left's Big Sellout: How The ACLU & Human Rights Groups Quietly Exterminated Labor Rights

I did a simple check: I went to the websites of three of the biggest names in liberal activist politics: Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the ACLU. Checking their websites, I was surprised to find that not one of those three organizations lists labor as a major topic or issue that it covers.

June 22nd, 2012 | Comments (70)

Debunking Cato Institute Propaganda: Koch-Founded Outfit A GOP Bad Ideas Mill, Home To John Yoo & Rupert Murdoch

John Yoo, author of the notorious “torture memo,” served on the Cato Editorial Board for Cato Supreme Court Review during the Bush presidency. At the same time, Yoo was writing the Bush administration’s legal justifications for waterboarding, Guantanamo, warrantless wiretapping and more.

April 21st, 2012 | Comments (20)

Sponge Off A Rich Woman: The Koch Family's "Leechertarian" Secret To Success

A few months back I had a long conversation with Freke Vuijst, a journalist from the lefty Dutch magazine Vrij Nederland, about the history of the Koch clan—specifically, we talked about what I learned during my trip to Quanah, Texas, the…

April 18th, 2012 | Comments (20)

Slovakia Vs. The Cato Institute

In the early 2000’s, the co-chairman of the Cato Institute’s Project on Social Security Privatization, José Piñera, played a key role advising and overseeing Slovakia’s mass pension privatization, which passed in 2003 under the free-market government of Mikulas Dzurinda. Today, Slovakia’s retirees are groaning under the austerity pain administered to them by the Cato Institute.

March 12th, 2012 | Comments (34)

AssKisser-Gate: Heartland Institute Founder David Padden Grovels For Master Charles Koch

I came across this hilarious groveling quote from Heartland founder David Padden about his all-knowing Master and Dear Leader, Charles Koch:

“I would never attempt to second-guess whatever he’s doing in the interest of making this a free country…”

February 28th, 2012 | Comments (17)

What do Rick Perry, Glenn Beck, Jim DeMint, Radley Balko and John Tyner Have In Common?

Poor Rick Perry: At last week’s Republican debate, he unveiled yet another “enemy” that a President Perry would destroy for America–but no one paid attention. Gov. Perry’s newest monster he’s vowed to slay is the TSA union…

November 28th, 2011 | Comments (25)

The Birth of the Koch Clan: It All Started In a Little Texas Town Called Quanah

This summer I traveled to Quanah, the dusty North Texas railroad town that Harry Koch called home, to find out more about the life of the man who spawned the two most powerful oligarchs of our time…

November 7th, 2011 | Comments (47)

"Ideas For Sale": How Dime Store Minigarch Art Pope Became The Koch Kingpin Of North Carolina

Thanks to Pope’s investments into ideas, North Carolina’s politics have been transformed from the mind up, from ideas generated in universities, to the level of public politics and policy. It’s sort of like global warming: With climate change, some species will thrive in the altered environment (jellyfish and algae, for example) and some will die out (polar bears, coral reef).

October 6th, 2011 | Comments (31)

eXiled eXclusive! Read The Orignal Letter Charles Koch Sent To Friedrich von Hayek Telling Him To Sign Up For Social Security

Here is the private letter from Charles Koch to Nobel Prize economist Friedrich Hayek, godfather of today’s free-market movement. The letter was obtained by Yasha Levine from the Hayek Archives at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. It is part…

September 29th, 2011 | Comments (27)

Charles Koch: "I paid Peter Suderman $6.25/hr and all I got was this lousy farm subsidy analysis"

April 11th, 2011 | Comments (1)

The Koch Brothers: Dark Lords of Derivatives

People don’t seem that interested in talking about Wall Street’s unpunished and ongoing rape of America anymore these days. And that’s too bad. Because Koch Industries has a lot more in common with Wall Street than most people realize.

April 9th, 2011 | Comments (21)

Anti-war Libertarians Charles and David Koch Love Profiteering Off America's War Machine

Data pulled from publicly-accessible federal contract databases shows that over the past 15 years, the Kochs have milked the U.S. war machine for about $170 million, all while funding libertarian groups, organizations and media outfits with anti-war positions.

March 25th, 2011 | Comments (17)

The Koch-Whore Archipelago: How The Billionaire Kochs Screwed My Scoop While Screwing America

  Update: MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan makes it official: Mark Ames & Yasha Levine “are the two journalists who broke the story about these brothers and the Tea Party in 2009 before anyone believed them.” Watch the episode here and here.  It’s been…

March 25th, 2011 | Comments (26)

Dylan Ratigan Makes It Official: Mark Ames & Yasha Levine Broke The Koch Brothers' Takeover Of America

The biggest story of the past year—the takeover of America by the billionaire Koch brothers—was first reported by eXiled Online editors Mark Ames and Yasha Levine over two years ago, in a controversial article for Playboy. Dylan Ratigan sets the…

March 24th, 2011 | Comments (18)

eXiled eXclusive: Charles and David Koch Made The Inaugural Ceremony Carpet Under President Obama's Feet

Yes, the Kochs are everywhere. Even under our feet. See that plush red and blue carpet cascading down the steps of the United States Capitol building, framing President Barack Obama as he makes his historic inaugural address? It’s made from…

January 27th, 2011 | Comments (14)

Freemarket Failures: Investors Prefer Doing Business With Hugo Chavez Over Billionaire Koch Brothers

You didn’t hear this on Fox News or the Drudge Report, but on October 10 Venezuela seized and nationalized a massive fertilizer plant part-owned by Koch Industries. The media silence is a bit puzzling. You’d think that the seizure of…

January 5th, 2011 | Comments (30)

TSAstroturf: The Washington Lobbyists and Koch-Funded Libertarians Behind the TSA Scandal

This article was published in The Nation on November 23, 2010 Does anyone else sense something strange is going on with the apparently spontaneous revolt against the TSA? This past week, the media turned an “ordinary guy,” 31-year-old Californian John…

November 24th, 2010 | Comments (21)

Anatomy of a Libertard: Will Wilkinson And the Koch-Funded Nomenklatura

Will Wilkinson: Libertard With Sadditude Ever since Yasha and I first broke the story about the Koch brothers financing the Tea Party Campaign in February of 2009, I’ve been wondering: Have all those billions that the Brothers Koch invested into their…

October 3rd, 2010 | Comments (69)