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Koch With Us!

August 3, 2015

“Once more into the breech, dear friends…” for with Koch on our side now, with all his $billions, we surely cannot fail.  We shall, at last, overcome.

During remarks to 450 wealthy conservatives assembled in the ballroom of a lavish oceanfront resort, Koch urged his fellow donors to follow the lead of figures such as Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Look at the American revolution, the anti-slavery movement, the women’s suffrage movement, the civil rights movement,” Koch said. “All of these struck a moral chord with the American people. They all sought to overcome an injustice. And we, too, are seeking to right injustices that are holding our country back.”

(From The Washington Post, via Daily Kos.)

Look at the anti-oligarchy movement, championed twice in our national politics by aristocrats from the Roosevelt family (and Joe Hill, Pete Seeger, and so many more).

Since a major injustice in America today is our extraordinary inequality in our distribution of wealth—indeed a systemic, structural mal-distribution that supports structural racism and sexism, Charles Koch is exactly the man who can get something done about it.  Or not.

Koch also said:

“If we cannot unite the majority of Americans behind the vision, then we’re done for,” he added. “So that to me has to be our number one objective. But to do so, we’ve got to do a much better job of understanding what matters most to people, and then to demonstrate that a free society gives them the best opportunity of achieving that.”

Ah, that last phrase is the kicker.  A “free society.”  I wonder what he means by that, and how does it include such inequality.  He has a dream of some kind, and I do, very much, want to see him articulate that vision as clearly as possible.

And then, there are a couple dozen major issues that I would like to hear his ideas about dealing with, in his “free society.”  And in the democracy that I dream of.

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