- The Koch brothers get richer as the costs of what Koch destroys are foisted on the rest of us – in the form of ill health, foul water and a climate crisis that threatens life as we know it on this planet.
- Part 1: Inside the Koch Brothers' Toxic Empire
- Part 2: The Kochs: the greatest American criminals of the last century
- 4 ways Amazon’s ruthless practices are crushing local economies
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Part 1: Inside the Koch Brothers' Toxic Empire
Together, Charles and David Koch control one of the world's largest fortunes, which they are using to buy up our political system. But what they don't want you to know is how they made all that money
Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone
September 24, 2014 | The enormity of the Koch fortune is no mystery. Brothers Charles and David are each worth more than $40 billion. The electoral influence of the Koch brothers is similarly well-chronicled. The Kochs are our homegrown oligarchs; they've cornered the market on Republican politics and are nakedly attempting to buy Congress and the White House. Their political network helped finance the Tea Party and powers today's GOP. Koch-affiliated organizations raised some $400 million during the 2012 election, and aim to spend another $290 million to elect Republicans in this year's midterms. So far in this cycle, Koch-backed entities have bought 44,000 political ads to boost Republican efforts to take back the Senate.
What is less clear is where all that money comes from. Koch Industries is headquartered in a squat, smoked-glass building that rises above the prairie on the outskirts of Wichita, Kansas. The building, like the brothers' fiercely private firm, is literally and figuratively a black box. Koch touts only one top-line financial figure: $115 billion in annual revenue, as estimated by Forbes. By that metric, it is larger than IBM, Honda or Hewlett-Packard and is America's second-largest private company after agribusiness colossus Cargill. The company's stock response to inquiries from reporters: "We are privately held and don't disclose this information."
Tim Dickinson is an American political correspondent. Based in Portland, Oregon, he is a contributing editor to Rolling Stone.
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Part 2: The Kochs: the greatest American criminals of the last century
They are not conservatives. They just use the ideology as a shell, the activists as useful idiots to fill their own pockets. They are moral cretins beyond the breadth or our imagination.
wilbur, Daily Kos
Mon Sep 29, 2014I am not fan of the Koch brothers but I have to admit that this article in Rolling Stone floored me. It is stunning what Charles and David Koch have done over the last half century, stealing from everybody who had a dime in their pocket, including their own family. I have tried to think of a criminal enterprise that has engaged in such disreputable behavior and even the famed vampire squids seem to pale in comparison. They are evil incarnate. There is no way to identify with who these two men are, what they have let themselves become. They seem to have absolutely no redeeming values.
I begin to think letting these men buy our government is like letting the Sopranos buy our government. Except even a thug like Tony Soprano had some redeeming values - he protected his neighborhood, he protected his family. Not so the Koch brothers. They care about their money and nothing else. You could not sell a script about what the Kochs have done because you need to have something that the audience can feel a connections for. There is nothing in the world of Charles and David Koch. They are moral cretins beyond the breadth or our imagination.
wilbur is a member of Daily Kos
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4 ways Amazon’s ruthless practices are crushing local economies, Jim Hightower, AlterNet
- The price of Amazon's success is worker exploitation, the destruction of local enterprise, and the creation of a corporate oligarch.
- The Morning Call’s Amazon Sweatshop Probe