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Koch: I'm Fighting to Restore a Free Society

The Wall Street Journal
April 2, 2014

Koch: I'm Fighting to Restore a Free Society

Instead of welcoming free debate, collectivists engage in character assassination.

I have devoted most of my life to understanding the principles that enable people to improve their lives. It is those principles—the principles of a free society—that have shaped my life, my family, our company and America itself.

Unfortunately, the fundamental concepts of dignity, respect, equality before the law and personal freedom are under attack by the nation's own government. That's why, if we want to restore a free society and create greater well-being and opportunity for all Americans, we have no choice but to fight for those principles. I have been doing so for more than 50 years, primarily through educational efforts. It was only in the past decade that I realized the need to also engage in the political process.

A truly free society is based on a vision of respect for people and what they value. In a truly free society, any business that disrespects its customers will fail, and deserves to do so. The same should be true of any government that disrespects its citizens. The central belief and fatal conceit of the current administration is that you are incapable of running your own life, but those in power are capable of running it for you. This is the essence of big government and collectivism.

More than 200 years ago, Thomas Jefferson warned that this could happen....

Full Opinion Piece: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB1000142405270230397830...

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A free society is debt-free

An indebted government pays officials that will loot others to pay the interest on the debt.

For the 222 years Congress has increased the national debt all but 44 years.

44/222 is (19.8%). We are a debtor nation. The creditors call the shots.

Koch is for big government so he needs a lot of looters.

Nice looters that respect debtors and victims.

How progressive.

Free includes debt-free!

Truth is treason in the

Truth is treason in the empire of lies.

The progressives and RINOs keep bashing the Kochs, making them out to be monsters, while Soros and Adelson are free to do as they please.

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Koch teams up with Monsatan to stop states rights.

The big chemical Co. are tired of going to each state to defeat each GMO labelling law. It cost them too much money to defend the GMO big lie. Now they are heading to Congress to nullify states rights to bring up GMO safety at all.

More central power is just the opposite of what Thomas Jefferson was about.

http://rt.com/usa/gmo-labeling-koch-monsanto-249/

Gold standard: because man can not be trusted to control his greed

Well...

On the one hand, it would be unconstitutional for the federal government to prevent the states from imposing mandatory labeling laws.

On the other hand, I'm opposed to mandatory labeling laws.

So, if I were a US senator, I'd vote against any law which prohibits the states from passing labeling laws. But if I were a state senator, I'd vote against the labeling law being proposed in my state.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

why would you do that?

Food already has labeling. But the argument isn't labeling or not labeling, it's about why have GMOs at all? Obviously they're making money. So, the new trend is freedom in labeling foods that have no GMOs, and not buying the others.

When did common sense become a super power? –Patrick F. Holman

More like "fee" society, not

More like "fee" society, not free society.

Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a

sounds pretty

but where was he in 2012 when we were scraping together our Christmas money to send to the Paul campaign right before Iowa? Where is now ? Will he support Amash or fund Bright in SC to unseat the croniest crony of them all lindsey graham? This man constantly fails the librty litmus test.

He gave $10k to Amash.

He gave $15k to Amash.

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lol

well, which was it? 10 or 15?

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He was under no obligation to

He was under no obligation to support Ron Paul. No one was. People have to do what is practical.

yeah no shit

he wasn't obligated to support Paul. The point I made was an obvious one- he didn't support liberty when the little guy was taking on the entire establishment. He was a friend of liberty when it mattered. Fail.

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Then put your money where your mouth is

Why are they funding the establishment candidate in an NC senate primary?

Koch brothers are funding Tom Tillis and are giving no love to liberty candidate Greg Brannon (endorsed by Rand), who is polling the best against the incumbent Democrat.

I take that back, apparently they did endorse Brannon. My bad.

Tea Party enthusiast Greg Brannon, a senate candidate in North Carolina's Republican primary, was endorsed by the Koch brothers' Tea Party group FreedomWorks, on Tuesday — the latest addition to an already long list of familiar right-wing backers.

http://www.teapartypoison.com/greg-brannon-north-carolina-se...

Is Koch riding the Mitch-McConnell bandwagon?

Update: Answered my own question. FreedomWorks is backing Matt Bevin, along with many others.

I wonder if he'll put support behind Matt Bevin...

The only test I need is how they feel on Dr. Ron Paul.

Well except Glenn Beck. I don't care what his opinion of him since he is a constantly backstabbing snake.

Everyone else falls into the category of "Did they attack him?", "Did they support him?"

I take it from there.

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Here's my beef

The Koch bros totally understand libertarianism. They engaged Rothbard himself to start Cato and have spent 30 years pushing libertarian thought through the likes of Cato and the Reason Foundation. Even though these brands have a lot of faults, these guys obviously have been through the materials.

Yet they are very active in lobbying and campaigning. Maybe their acknowledgement of the role of government actually HELPS them game the system to their advantage. This in itself is fine, we all have to operate in reality and knowing how reality works is a key advantage.

But, that's not what is said. They don't seem to come out and say "In our hearts and minds, we believe in liberty and invest in promoting the ideas. In our business though, we understand that gaming the government is the only way we're going to stay competitive with the likes of Shell, Mobile, Halliburton, et al, so we're pretty masterful at playing to this reality."

Instead, it's:

Far from trying to rig the system, I have spent decades opposing cronyism and all political favors, including mandates, subsidies and protective tariffs—even when we benefit from them. I believe that cronyism is nothing more than welfare for the rich and powerful, and should be abolished.

The Galt's Gulch people didn't "win" when they stuck to principle, they became refugees. The short-term winners were the cronyists.

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refugees?

Galts people were the producers and they took their ball and made a new home of, by and for producers, which the Koch's would be invited, and Ayn Rand would be defending them.

Capitalism thrives on compeitition. Shell, Mobile, Halliburton, Bechtel, Cocacola, Conagra etc. biggest problem is government, especially when government decides it's going to "compete", and take from corporations to give to those who produce nothing, but consume the above products.

"Cronyism should be abolished!" Wow. That's AWESOME! Don't you agree? So why would you not take this quote from Koch and multiply it? You do believe that don't you? "Cronyism should be abolished".

Instead, you knock Koch and to whose benifit? The cronyists.

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Clarifications

Hi Granger, thanks for your thoughtful post.

Galts people were the producers and they took their ball and made a new home of, by and for producers, which the Koch's would be invited, and Ayn Rand would be defending them.

They essentially fled the general society/govt that they felt was oppressing them, making them essentially political refugees. That they were significantly more empowered than the typical war refugee in escaping their victimhood just makes them a different kind of refugee.

If the Koch's didn't have their man in Washington and spent so much electioneering (against libertarians like Ron Paul, for instance) I would say they were more on the James Target than Hank Reardon side. If they stuck to a principle like Hank and didn't participate, than I would contend that Rand would defend them. Instead, they invest in liberty messaging and invest in cronyism.

I wouldn't see them as any different from other oil concerns, but the other companies don't fund libertarian think tanks.

Capitalism thrives on compeitition. Shell, Mobile, Halliburton, Bechtel, Cocacola, Conagra etc. biggest problem is government, especially when government decides it's going to "compete", and take from corporations to give to those who produce nothing, but consume the above products.

Maybe I'm gullible to the media, but that list of companies seems like a whose-who of cronyism who are USING - not impeded - by the government. I offer our middle east wars as evidence. They are not just using our money to protect their interests, they are contributing to government murder.

I would be wholesale delighted if the government wasn't an ally of theirs and they competed.

"Cronyism should be abolished!" Wow. That's AWESOME! Don't you agree? So why would you not take this quote from Koch and multiply it? You do believe that don't you? "Cronyism should be abolished".

I thought the Koch quote was superb in its message and totally and wholeheartedly agree that cronyism should be abolished.

I just see a fairly hypocritical rift between their beliefs and actions. And this is more dishonest than saying nothing at all. That's my point.

They would be more genuine to say they believe cronyism should be abolish ideally while admitting that they must be cronies in order to live within the framework of our government.

Does that clarify by view?

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Actually tasmlab

I named Reardon because readon is a winner who thinks he's a loser.. James tagert is a loser who thinks he's a winner.

Progressives don't understand production, that's why everybody who makes money is a crony to them. They think collectively.. place lables and put evryone in their box, or cell.

Cronyism is business that enjoys the benefits of government. Koch admits, he gets these benefits and doesn't enjoy them. He's not interested in befriending collective government, like james Tagart, to get the job done.

What if Koch publically campaigned for Ron Paul? Think that would have helped Ron Paul?

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I don't know...

Hi Granger,

I can't vouch for the accuracy of this report, but it says they invested $10MM in lobbying. That would be his guy in Washington:

http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientsum.php?id=D000000186...

He says he doesn't enjoy the benefits, but then writes the check.

I can say I don't like ice cream, but if I keep going to the store and buying it, you might think there's is something inconsistent between my message and my behavior.

Maybe he only hires good lobbyists who try to talk the lawmakers out of cronyism. Maybe they support main stream Republicans because they think they can reform them. I don't know...

As for supporting Ron Paul, I have no idea the net effect for Paul, but we may have seen Koch's own moral compass. Their funds for Romney arguably helped him win the pennant.

(Disclosure: I appreciate Koch's investments in liberty education and am currently doing work in the oil and gas industry)

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Hi tasmlab

The Grange has a lobbiest.. Mike Greene, he was a libbiest for Nativa (edible hemp supplier). Personally, I don't have an issue with lobbiests.. I know people say best government that money can buy. So Koch is here to tell you that as a buyer, he doesn't appreciate the "free toy in the box". Number one, it's not free and number two, he doesn't need it.

Recently campaign financed just said there's no limits on an individual.. then we see a letter from Koch. In campaigns, it's the very wealthy who contribute more to camapigns than most people.. so to me.. the message here is Charles Kick may be "announcing" he's going to back Rand. That is my hope, because as a long time Libertarian?indy, we never had money like the Kochs..

Anyways.. we have tons of croniesm here with the Democratic party, who do not want Koch to build anything on HIS property, even within his rights. It doesn't matter what Koch does they protest him. He spends millions to remedy ground spills that came with the property.. he gets no thanks.. told he needs to do more. He gives 500' from the shore inland as a nature trail, he gets no thanks, he gets protests for not giving more. We were told this year the college will close, most the stores are closed..

If Koch was a Democrat.. he would be a hero for cleaning the property up and gifting the community a trail.. and we're talking about a mile long.. premium shoreline. No thanks.. he's a libertarian. Either Libertarians are going to back koch or discover they are not libertarians, but liberals.

The majority of locals have two stickers on their car (means you're a local kind of thing).. No War. No drilling.

Does that make sense to you? I think it's a perfect example of how the liberal lives in a fantacy world. How are you going to drive that car if your not drilling or fighting for oil? I don't know either. Thank you for your thoughts. Very nice reading you..

Personnaly, I think it's just sad

that people downvote you, Granger, just because they see your name on the post. Upvote for you!

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oops...

'personally' I'm usually very careful about spelling.

Now stonewall

You know we don't take kindly to those facts around here when there's liberal punching bags to hate on.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty."

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If you do one thing but say the opposite most will call you a.

Liar. He mouths Ron Paul's words and messages just hopping to fool most of the people into another round of installed sold out self enriching pig puppets.

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Let the circular firing squad

Let the circular firing squad commence!

Federal lobbying money spent by Koch industries:

http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientsum.php?id=D000000186...

“With laws shall our land be built up, but with lawlessness laid waste.”
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NOPE - A scumbag is a scumbag is a scumbag

Did the Kochs fund the Ron Paul Campaign? Nope, not a penny. You can't claim to be a libertarian and be against the Ron Paul Revolution. Not possible.
Did the Kochs faux-libertarian PAC's come to our defense in '08 & '12? - Nope
Was the asshat that wrote the infamous racist newsletters and then accidentally released them working for the Kochs? - Probably
Did the Kochs fund Ron Paul's opponents and evil bastards like McCain and Romney and support the corporatist system? - Yup
Did the Kochs fund the astroturf absurdity known as the "Tea Party" - advancing Neocon propaganda and the division of the American people? -- You bet your ass.

No - the Kochs are merely controlled opposition working for the NWO and the fascist takeover.

"In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."--Mark Twain

You should stop getting your 'facts' from Maddow

The tea party was neither invented, funded, nor supprted by the Kochs.

You may not like them, but don't lump them in here.

There are tea party named organizations that are funded by the Kochs. They are not the tea party.

Have you ever bother to talk to anyone in the tea party? Like me? You know, just so you would, you know, have a fcuking clue what you are talking about?