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How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Daniel Schulman, a senior editor at Mother Jones, looks at how the Kochs became one of the most influential dynasties of the modern age. In his biography Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty, he traces the complicated lives and legacies of the four tycoons, as well as their business and social ambitions. Schulman also looks at how Charles and David Koch have spent years and millions of dollars building their influence within the Republican Party. 

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Comments [15]

Norma Price from Las Vegas, NV

Love that honest comment of Frank from Manhattan. "The only thing wrong with tainted money, there taint enough of it." I think this represents the mentality of quite a few of us.

Jun. 12 2014 10:59 AM
spw from nyc

The NYS theater was designed for ballet. Acoustically, it was a dead theater, which was perfect for ballet. The audience does not hear the noise that dancers make when their feet hit the stage floor. Unfortunately, the NYC opera moved to this theater. An acoustically dead theater does not work for opera. So, Koch funded this massive renovation for the opera and within two years or so, NYC went bankrupt!!! So now , we have a huge theater that is used primarily for dance performances and the audiences are can hear every squeak and thump of the dancers feet!!! Good going, David!!!

The Met Museum does not need a new fountain plaza. They already have more money than they know what to with, but still ask for more. But these huge arts institutions will take money from the devil if the price to pay is renaming rights!!!

Jun. 12 2014 08:40 AM
Bruce from Brooklyn

What would the met, nystheater et al have done if the Koch money only came with the caveat that the theater be renamed "the Americans for Prosperity Theater". The hypocrisy of these organizations is stupendous.

Jun. 11 2014 12:38 PM
Dan

Check out "The Kochtopus"-
http://www.addictinginfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Kochtopus.jpg

SEE: What $92 Billion Buys, In A Single Image
http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/03/13/kochtopus-koch-brothers-democracy/

Jun. 11 2014 12:38 PM
Gail K. from Manhattan

FYI, David Koch did not write a check for $100 million. His gift to renovate the former NY State Theater is a total of $100, paid over 10 years. In other words, $10 million a year. I'm a member of the NYC Opera Orchestra and the NY State Theater was our home during the renovation period.

Jun. 11 2014 12:34 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Guess what? I just got an email about a watch party for a movie called "America Has a Koch Problem." What has Mr. Schulman heard about that?

Jun. 11 2014 12:32 PM
Frank from Manhattan

As one foundation head said when asked if they'd accept donations from infamous sources. The only thing wrong with tainted money is there 'taint enough of it.

Jun. 11 2014 12:32 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

The Koch Brothers pay the GOP to protect their fossil fuel industries from solar, wind and electric cars. Their sole objective is to save their livelihoods from the inevitable.

Jun. 11 2014 12:32 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

The Koch Brothers pay the GOP to protect their fossil fuel industries from solar, wind and electric cars. Their sole objective is to save their livelihoods from the inevitable.

Jun. 11 2014 12:31 PM
Larry

This is disturbing:

'BERNIE SANDERS Uncovers 1980 Koch Agenda- "What Do the Koch Brothers Want?"'
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024806298

It boils down to: 'abolish the government.'

Jun. 11 2014 12:29 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Who was the Koch brothers' mother? Was she around during their childhood? Was she on board w/the harsh upbringing their father gave them, or did she oppose it? What role did she have in this whole story?

Jun. 11 2014 12:27 PM
Joe from nearby

Interesting how their dysfunctional upbringing formed the foundation for the dysfunctional vision they're now foisting upon America.

Jun. 11 2014 12:25 PM
Bobby G from East Village

Some may not remember the John Birch Society, but I do. In Junior High School I was horrified by the glee expressed by a classmate whose parents were active members at the news of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Jun. 11 2014 12:23 PM
fuva from harlemworld

(But why is Charles looking like Stephen Colbert in that photo? LOL.)

Jun. 11 2014 12:19 PM
fuva from harlemworld

Nonsense. The John Birch Society's (And the Koch father's) opposition to the Civil Rights Movement reflected more than 'anti-communism'; they most definitely supported the race terrorist regime. Grow up.

Jun. 11 2014 12:18 PM

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