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Who Are The Koch's? - The Roots of Stalin in the Tea Party Movement

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The Koch family, America's biggest financial backers of the Tea Party, would not be the billionaires they are today were it not for the godless empire of the USSR.

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Kit B (276)
Saturday June 23, 2012, 6:55 am

The Tea Party movement's dirty little secret is that its chief financial backers owe their family fortune to the granddaddy of all their hatred: Stalin's godless empire of the USSR. The secretive oil billionaires of the Koch family, the main supporters of the right-wing groups that orchestrated the Tea Party movement, would not have the means to bankroll their favorite causes had it not been for the pile of money the family made working for the Bolsheviks in the late 1920s and early 1930s, building refineries, training Communist engineers and laying down the foundation of Soviet oil infrastructure.

The comrades were good to the Kochs. Today Koch Industries has grown into the second-largest private company in America. With an annual revenue of $100 billion, the company was just $6.3 billion shy of first place in 2008. Ownership is kept strictly in the family, with the company being split roughly between brothers Charles and David Koch, who are worth about $20 billion apiece and are infamous as the largest sponsors of right-wing causes. They bankroll scores of free-market and libertarian think tanks, institutes and advocacy groups. Greenpeace estimates that the Koch family shelled out $25 million from 2005 to 2008 funding the "climate denial machine," which means they outspent Exxon Mobile three to one.

I first learned about the Kochs in February 2009, when my colleague Mark Ames and I were looking into the strange origins of the then-nascent Tea Party movement. Our investigation led us again and again to a handful of right-wing advocacy groups directly tied to the Kochs. We were the first to connect the dots and debunk the Tea Party movement's "grassroots" front, exposing it as billionaire-backed astroturf campaign run by free-market advocacy groups FreedomWorks and Americans For Prosperity, both of which are closely linked to the Koch brothers.

But the Tea Party movement -- and the Koch family's obscene wealth -- go back more than half a century, all the way to grandpa Fredrick C. Koch, one of the founding members of the far-right John Birch Society which was convinced that socialism was taking over America through unions, colored people, Jews, homosexuals, the Kennedys and even Dwight D. Eisenhower.

These days, the Kochs paint themselves as true-believer Libertarians of the Austrian School. Charles Koch, the elder brother who runs the family business in Wichita, Kansas, quotes the wisdom of proto-libertarian "economist" Ludwig von Mises, but also sees himself as an economist in his own right. In 2007, Charles made his contribution to the body of free-market thought with an economic theory he calls "Market-Based Management" (a term he trademarked).

David Koch is the highbrow brother who lives in New York. He ran as the Libertarian party candidate for president in 1980 and says his dream is to "minimize the role of government, to maximize the role of private economy and to maximize personal freedoms." Apparently everyone's a free-market enthusiast at Koch Industries, including its spokeswoman, who recently wrote a letter to the New York Times stating that "it's a historical fact that economic freedom best fosters innovation, environmental protection and improved quality of life in a society." It might be true somewhere for someone, but not for the Kochs -- they owe it all to socialism and totalitarianism.

By Yasha Levine | Alternet |

Full article on one page at Visit Site. This really needs a read.

TomCat S (129)
Saturday June 23, 2012, 9:54 am
And they pay to have Obama called a communist. What irony!

Cam V (417)
Saturday June 23, 2012, 12:23 pm
.... and Soros is better? I think not.

Kit B (276)
Saturday June 23, 2012, 1:34 pm

How that addresses this article Cam, I don't know. I realize that reading an article about something that is not what you want to know is some times unpleasant, still there are some facts that people should know.

Terry King (113)
Saturday June 23, 2012, 2:46 pm
Yes Cam... George Soros is better!

Yvonne White (229)
Saturday June 23, 2012, 4:42 pm
LOL! So the Kochsuckers Worship Money & the TeaParty buys the watered down Whine!;)

Yvonne White (229)
Saturday June 23, 2012, 4:45 pm
Pay no attention to the man behind the Iron Curtain...;)

Gayle R (27)
Saturday June 23, 2012, 9:24 pm
Hey, Cam--This year, Soros contributed $1 million America Votes, a group that focuses on grassroots organizing and advocacy, and another $1 million to American Bridge, a research operation run by David Brock.

That's a drop in the bucket compared to what the Koch's shell out.

Robert Tomlinson (62)
Saturday June 23, 2012, 9:25 pm
This family has been all over the place. It helped build up the Soviet Union. Then while members of the John Birch Society it accused Ike and other of being Communists. Now it wants no controls on businesses, wants segregated schools and no minimum wage among other things. WOW!

Terrie Williams (798)
Sunday June 24, 2012, 4:43 am
Amusing......they had ties to both the Nazis and the Communists.....what irony indeed. Are we liking our Fascism yet peeps? Get ready.....remember what both Hilter and Stalin did to their own not for a moment think it cannot happen HERE. Dawg help us all. (Getting out her industrial strength troll spray again)....

LOL @ Yvonne's comment.

Carola May (20)
Sunday June 24, 2012, 7:16 am
Very interesting article, but not surprising at all. The wealth of the mediocre (that's being kind) Bush family all came from grandpa Herbert Walker's being Hitler's banker and laundering Nazi stolen millions, even after the war ended. In recent times Papa Bush and little Dubya have been pimping for the Saudis, some of the most oppressive dictators in the world, and Dubya even was a paid lobbyist for the Taliban and had access to his father's Oval office to push his Saudi and Taliban demands.

The Kennedy's father's ill-got gains from illegal alcohol at least didn't stop the political sons from helping to push for equality and justice for US blacks and Bobbie was tireless in his work and concerns for the common people. So at least these sons used the dirty money to work for a better society for those less fortunate. Quite a difference from the Kochs and the Bushes.

Sheryl G (360)
Sunday June 24, 2012, 12:26 pm
Barbara W. gave some articles on this historical background and I've placed some news on here as well for background history as well as the current dealings with people such as the Koch Brothers and others who are all linked together. I don't think this can be placed on the news too often in whatever version of truth it needs to come from; ie written, video, or whose article was selected.

What we have today is by no accident, and I appreciate what Kit and some others offer on C2. I wish only more people who really need to know would take the time to do some indepth reading. I take a few minutes to go through articles like this, for even though I've read similar others, sometimes you pick up a new offering or it refreshes the mind as to why people like Kit, Barbara and some others on here do what we do.

For those in other Countries that are sitting on the side line of what is happening directly to those of us who live in the usa. I would just like to remind you, that whatever happens to us, that if we go down you best hang on, because you'll be going right along with us. So be careful what it is you are supporting.

I fully understand those who associate themselves with the Tea Party, they are upset, dismayed, and feeling the pain of what is happening. Most of them are good people, hard working, love their families, and what what the non Tea Party people are wanting. For a fair and just system, for a Government that they feel is listening to them, working for them, and that they see a future for their children to grow up in.

However this anger that they felt was used and directed by powers they do not or did not understand. What a better way to keep people from finding out the real truth but to take the movement and turn it away from the ones who are causing the most problems. There are many people who are coming forward that were once affilitated with the Tea Party, but as time went on they too start to realize what happened, and now are still activist but no longer tied to the Tea Party.

That is why it is so very important to read and learn, each individual taking the time, for it is important that all the citizens be able to stand up and have a voice, but their voice, a voice after much research is their voice and not some quick Talking Heads voice. It is also vital to learn the history, for in connecting the dots one is able to get a clearer vision. And may we all get clarity of vision real soon, for I fear for all of us if we do not.

Kit B (276)
Sunday June 24, 2012, 6:19 pm

Actually this is not a new article, just the shortest one I could find. I've been peeking into this family background for a while, finding lots of very interesting tidbits. It takes time to really research and write in-depth about this family. It seems a long time ago the John Birch Society was active, but it really was not that long ago. These two brothers must have a wealth of patience along with all that money. They have worked, planned, schemed and created the shiny new republican party to reflect not the ideals or the goals of the moderate republican but only that of the most extreme thinking.

I suppose it would be good for winning elections if the democrats were in lock-step to a singular goal, but then we wouldn't be democrats or liberals, we'd be them. I think I'll take a pass on that, I like my ideas being my own.

I saw the interview with Jeb Bush, his thinking about the current situation is based on a life lived as a republican politician. His thoughts about how radical this party has become should not be ignored.

Past Member (0)
Monday June 25, 2012, 6:59 am
Great informative story and love the comments Kit and Dandelion. The more I learn about the Koch Brothers et al the more I fear for us and our children. And yes Dandelion, those in other countries need to keep an eye open, because what happens here will continue to echo around the world.

Avril Lomas (0)
Monday June 25, 2012, 7:26 am
What took Americans so long to realise that the "TEA PARTY"is the resurrection of Hitlers 3rd. Reich.discrimination and all!
Also the Kochs cannot be all bad.!!years ago they sued their own mother!!

Janelle Wong (71)
Monday June 25, 2012, 4:15 pm
Koch Family Foundations and Philanthropy website, "the foundations and the individual giving of Koch family members" have financially supported organizations "fostering entrepreneurship, education, human services, at-risk youth, arts and culture, and medical research."

Sheryl G (360)
Monday June 25, 2012, 4:36 pm
Oh pleeazzz.....Even Stalin and Hitler did a few good things for SOME people. Does that make it ok for all the horrible things they did to many people?

Kit B (276)
Monday June 25, 2012, 4:52 pm

Yep, the Koch's are philanthropists, deeply concerned about the well being of the American citizen, that's why their donated money is "labeled" as charity but goes to political campaigns. Silly, to attempt to defend people that are hell-bent on the destruction of the American way of life. But then one would have to actually read the article to know the who and what of this twisted family. There is another brother, he does not get involved in Machiavellian schemes of Charles and David Koch. From a damning documentary to a federal investigation, the arch-conservative brothers find themselves in hot water--maybe they should not have made a big deal about the documentary.

Another article about the Koch boys, in this case like father, like sons.

Janelle Wong (71)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 12:35 pm
If we indeed had meaningful campaign finance reform then this would be a mute issue.
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