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Ralph Nader, Rand Paul and the Koch Brothers

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COMMENT: Some listeners/readers might won­der why we refer to the “pro­gres­sive” sec­tor as “the so-called pro­gres­sive sec­tor.”

Just exam­ine who Darth Nad­er is cham­pi­oning in the 2016 Pres­i­den­tial race–Rand Paul, who idol­izes the Koch broth­ers.

Well, we guess that is the only way that he could top off hav­ing helped put George Bush in office in 2000.

Any ques­tions?

“Ralph Nad­er Wants Lib­er­als to Back Rand Paul. Don’t Do It” by Bill Sch­er; The Week; 5/1/2014.

This week, Ralph Nad­er returned to the polit­i­cal stage with a new book, Unstop­pable, whose tri­umphant sub­ti­tle is The Emerg­ing Left-Right Allianceto Dis­man­tle the Cor­po­rate State. To kick off his pub­lic­i­ty tour, he has argued that lib­er­als should “def­i­nite­ly” impeach Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma, aban­don the “inter­na­tion­al mil­i­tarist” Hillary Clin­ton, and instead embrace Sen. Rand Paul (R‑Ky.) as a pos­si­ble leader of his dream coali­tion. . . .

“The 100 Most Influ­en­tial Peo­ple: Charles Koch & David Koch” by Rand Paul; Time; 4/16/2015.

Idea Men

Charles and David Koch are well known for their busi­ness suc­cess, their gen­er­ous phil­an­thropic efforts and for their focus on inno­va­tion in man­age­ment. Some also know them for their activism in the polit­i­cal realm. All of these are impor­tant con­tri­bu­tions to soci­ety. What is under­ap­pre­ci­ated is their pas­sion for free­dom and their com­mit­ment to ideas. Unlike many crony cap­i­tal­ists who troll the halls of Con­gress look­ing for favors, the Kochs have con­sis­tently lob­bied against spe­cial-inter­est pol­i­tics.

For decades they have fund­ed insti­tutes that pro­mote ideas, not pol­i­tics, such as Cato and the Mer­ca­tus Cen­ter. They have always stood for free­dom, equal­ity and oppor­tu­nity. Con­sis­tent with their love of lib­erty, they have become promi­nent advo­cates for crim­i­nal-jus­tice reform. The Koch broth­ers’ invest­ment in free­dom-lov­ing think tanks will car­ry on for gen­er­a­tions, remind­ing all of us that ideas and con­vic­tions ulti­mately trump all else.


3 comments for “Ralph Nader, Rand Paul and the Koch Brothers”

  1. The Koch Broth­ers fund the Lib­er­tar­i­an think tank the Cato Insti­tute. Their phi­los­o­phy great­ly dis­torts the func­tion of gov­ern­ment over­sight — one that rep­re­sents the pub­lic inter­est in a demo­c­ra­t­ic soci­ety.

    Posted by Sojurnor Truth | May 11, 2015, 7:29 pm
  2. The Koch Broth­ers fund anti-gov­ern­ment anti-EPA rhetoric while mak­ing prof­its by pol­lut­ing and not spend­ing mon­ey to address local con­cerns. See these two arti­cles.

    Chica­go Has The Koch Broth­ers To Thank For Its Tox­ic Black Dust Prob­lem
    The Huff­in­g­ton Post, By Joseph Erben­traut 04/03/2014


    Detroit May­or Dave Bing orders pet coke piles to be removed by Aug. 27
    August 13, 2013


    Posted by Sojurnor Truth | May 11, 2015, 7:50 pm
  3. I attend­ed a uni­ver­si­ty lec­ture by Ralph Nad­er in the Ear­ly to mid 1980s. I asked him what he thought of the deficit spend­ing to ben­e­fit the prof­itable suc­cess of Mil­i­tary indus­tries to make more nuclear war­heads than can destroy every city in the Sovi­et Union with over a 100,000 res­i­dents over 10 times. He did not real­ly answer my ques­tion and said the US is fight­ing the Bear and they are always try­ing to out­do each oth­er. I was mis­trust­ful of him after that.

    He also devel­oped his rep­u­ta­tion by pub­lish­ing the book “Unsafe at Any Speed” in 1965 in which, the first chap­ter was an attack on the Rear Engine design of the Cor­vair. This killed the car and dam­aged Gen­er­al Motor’s rep­u­ta­tion. How­ev­er it was not men­tioned that the Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle had the same design. The book was an attack on Detroit man­u­fac­tur­ers but not on oth­ers. This anti-Amer­i­can bias is not defin­i­tive, but is worth keep­ing in mind as you fol­low his activ­i­ties and he endors­es Rand Paul.

    Posted by TBD | May 11, 2015, 8:36 pm

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