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Gibson writes: "Right-wing oligarchs dominating our political process, like the Koch Brothers, are wealthy beyond measure."

David Koch and his brother Charles are trying to buy young people's minds. (photo: Brendan McDermid/Reuters/Corbis)
David Koch and his brother Charles are trying to buy young people's minds. (photo: Brendan McDermid/Reuters/Corbis)


The Koch Brothers' 3-Step Plan to Conquer the Next Generation

By Carl Gibson, Reader Supported News

17 September 14

 

ight-wing oligarchs dominating our political process, like the Koch Brothers, are wealthy beyond measure. Combined, Charles and David Koch are worth over $100 billion, and make $6 million per hour. That translates to over $1600 per second, which is enough to feed someone on food stamps for an entire year. Compare that figure to the $13 million that former Kroger CEO David Dillon earned in his last year with the company, which he called “ludicrous.” Their only problem is their age – David Koch is 74, Charles Koch is 78. For their class to maintain power over American politics and government, they have to make investments in future generations to ensure their ideology will live on beyond them.

It’s been well-documented by now how the Koch Brothers are sponsoring economic programs at colleges and universities around the country. By itself, this could be interpreted as philanthropy. There’s nothing inherently wrong with a billionaire donating some of his wealth to education. But the greater strategy in the Kochs’ chess game isn’t just to make themselves wealthier, but a far more sinister one. That strategy can be broken down into three steps:

1. Defund Public Schools

America’s public schools and universities are all being deprived of state tax dollars slowly but surely. This is not an accident. Model bills written by the Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council (an innocuous-sounding merger of right-wing state legislators and corporate lobbyists) accomplish this goal threefold. First, model legislation aimed at giving corporations huge tax breaks gets passed. Then, model resolutions stating that balancing the budget must take priority over funding public institutions are passed. Finally, ALEC legislators use those resolutions as justification to slash public services, like schools, to the bone in order to plug the gaping budget hole made by corporate tax breaks.

Florida governor Rick Scott has slashed school funding while simultaneously advocating for over $140 million in new corporate tax breaks. Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett has given out $3 billion in corporate tax breaks during his tenure, and has cut education funding by $1 billion. Wisconsin governor Scott Walker cut schools by $1.2 billion and has given out $570 million in corporate tax breaks. On its own, this could be seen as, at best, a radical gamble in economic growth with schools on the line. But when this tactic is repeated in multiple states in different geographical regions, it’s apparent there’s a strategy at play.

2. Make Schools Dependent on Private Entities for Money

At Florida State University, emails from an economics professor in 2008 show that the Koch Brothers were willing to donate millions to the university through their foundation, but only if they had a say in the curriculum that was taught and in the hiring of professors to teach the curriculum. FSU took the donation, and consulted with the Koch Foundation on who would be hired to teach courses that largely vilified government services and promoted the Kochs’ unique brand of libertarian free market ideology. At the time, Florida’s public universities had seen their funding levels fall by 41 percent over the previous five years.

Public universities traditionally depend on state government funding for 53 percent of their operational budgets. But without a dependable key funding source like state governments, colleges and universities are forced to raise tuition, which results in only a privileged class of students able to attend college. Public universities are also forced to come crawling to private interests like Koch-funded foundations for funding, which always comes with strings attached.

3. Ingrain students with Greed-Based Ideology

To be blunt, the Kochs’ economic philosophy is essentially, “Fuck you, I’ve got mine.” In 1980, David Koch ran for vice president on the Libertarian Party ticket. Some of his proposals included killing Medicare and Medicaid, eliminating federal campaign finance laws, doing away with all environmental protections, abolishing the minimum wage, and privatizing water systems, railways, and the post office. Koch also called for eliminating laws that prevent creditors from gouging debtors with high interest rates, deregulating private health insurance companies, and killing the food stamp program.

In the college and high school courses on Libertarian thought offered by the Institute for Humane Studies, a Koch-funded think tank, many of these ideas are taught to unsuspecting and impressionable young students. As the Center for Public Integrity reported, students are taught about how sweat shop workers in third world countries don’t have it so bad, how the federal minimum wage kills jobs, and how the Environmental Protection Agency is bad for the environment.

With this strategy, students attending college would mistakenly interpret such greed-inspired drivel as scholarly research to be taken as gospel. Upon graduation, it can be assumed they would start families and impress their ideologies upon their children. Colleges themselves would be transformed from institutions that cherish and develop critical thinkers into additional cogs of the corporate machine, with corporate-approved professors churning out obedient workers instead of independent-minded leaders.

This strategy is nothing short of generational conquest. It is only by insisting that our public schools be properly funded by our tax dollars, instead of by oligarchs with their own agendas, that we can stop the corporate brainwashing of our kids.



Carl Gibson, 27, is co-founder of US Uncut, a nonviolent grassroots movement that mobilized thousands to protest corporate tax dodging and budget cuts in the months leading up to Occupy Wall Street. Carl and other US Uncut activists are featured in the documentary We're Not Broke, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Carl is also the author of How to Oust a Congressman, an instructional manual on getting rid of corrupt members of Congress and state legislatures based on his experience in the 2012 elections in New Hampshire. He lives in Sacramento, California.

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+10 # Jingze 2014-09-17 12:33
They already own the colleges and public radio/tv. There is no stopping them. With help from Obama and his republican friends, what was once a democracy is no more.
 
 
+147 # ericlipps 2014-09-17 13:14
Quoting Jingze:
They already own the colleges and public radio/tv. There is no stopping them. With help from Obama and his republican friends, what was once a democracy is no more.

Obama and his Republican WHAT? You mean the "friends" who are, as I write this, scheming to impeach him? The "friends" who tried to blackmail Congress into defunding his signature health-care initiative? The "friends" who rant and rave that Obama wants to make himself an emperor, but didn't bat an eye when a Bush flunky openly called America "an empire now"--before anyone outside of Illinois had ever heard of Obama? Take out the "r" and you'll describe them better.

As for "what was once a democracy," that went out the window on Sept. 11, 2001, and not by Obama's doing.
 
 
-1 # A_Har 2014-09-22 09:29
Quoting ericlipps:
Obama and his Republican WHAT? You mean the "friends" who are, as I write this, scheming to impeach him? The "friends" who tried to blackmail Congress into defunding his signature health-care initiative? The "friends" who rant and rave that Obama wants to make himself an emperor, but didn't bat an eye when a Bush flunky openly called America "an empire now"--before anyone outside of Illinois had ever heard of Obama? Take out the "r" and you'll describe them better.

As for "what was once a democracy," that went out the window on Sept. 11, 2001, and not by Obama's doing.


You sound like a full on Obama apologist. He actually has continued the *whole line* of Bush programs including extraordinary rendition, torture, and then too he signed the NDAA allowing the killing of Americans WITHOUT due process. You don't seem to bat an eye on any of this. OH and how about all the NSA spying we all "enjoy" now?

Obama swore to protect and defend the constitution of the United States. This is a head fake, he works to destroy it. Obamacare is a bribe to make people like you think he is on your side; *he isn't.*

What he says means nothing. What he DOES is everything.
 
 
-66 # brux 2014-09-17 13:40
They don't own public radio, the contribute to it. How much do you contribute? What do you do for other people besides talk and type?
 
 
+7 # kalpal 2014-09-18 07:08
So you have nothing to say other than pointing out that Media is left up to Rupert Murdoch as his monopoly while the Kochs are intent on bribing legislators and subverting collegiate education?
 
 
+2 # Henry 2014-09-19 16:34
Look, "brux" – People are sick of your personal insults. Knock it off. Go out and get in a BRAWL somewhere. Or just GO AWAY.
 
 
0 # brux 2014-09-28 12:15
Foff Henry
 
 
+1 # A_Har 2014-09-22 09:40
Quoting brux:
They don't own public radio, the contribute to it. How much do you contribute? What do you do for other people besides talk and type?


Brux's level of political analysis belongs in the funny papers cartoon strips of the Sunday papers which few people read anymore.
 
 
0 # brux 2014-09-28 12:16
In other words, behind your intellectual capabilities.
 
 
+9 # bmiluski 2014-09-18 08:12
Really Jingze......I really wish you republicans would get some other sort of propaganda to spew while you're spending millions of tax payer $$$ on yet another Bengazi investigation.
 
 
0 # A_Har 2014-09-22 09:37
Quoting bmiluski:
Really Jingze......I really wish you republicans would get some other sort of propaganda to spew while you're spending millions of tax payer $$$ on yet another Bengazi investigation.


This meme by devoted Obamatons gets really stupid and old. Anytime someone calls the political process just as it is--in the pockets of the RICH and as a wholly owned subsidiary of their ideology, they get called a Rethug. Actually they may be to the LEFT of you. Maybe they read Chris Hedges and Chomsky who actually have more of a grasp on how far down the fascist road we are at?

Stop this nonsense! You are all caught up in the white hats/black hats political theater. It is a fraud.
 
 
+124 # PABLO DIABLO 2014-09-17 13:16
Greed never sleeps
and, ignorance never wakes up.
 
 
+82 # LizR 2014-09-17 13:30
You'd think in this day and age someone could hack their bank accounts and transfer some of that money to poor people ... not to mention funding RSN. Where are all the genius hackers that are supposed to be out there?
 
 
-23 # janderson 2014-09-18 09:13
Brilliant, complaining about how the Koch's are stealing from people by recommending stealing from people(the Koch's), and 65 likes from the hypocrites on this page. What is purpose of donating over a billion dollars to schools and cancer research(it's true look it up) if they are solely driven by money? No to mention "Do not advocate violence, or any illegal activity." unless of course we agree with it. Looking for logic...moving on.
 
 
+2 # A_Har 2014-09-22 09:55
Quoting janderson:
Brilliant, complaining about how the Koch's are stealing from people by recommending stealing from people(the Koch's), and 65 likes from the hypocrites on this page. What is purpose of donating over a billion dollars to schools and cancer research(it's true look it up) if they are solely driven by money? No to mention "Do not advocate violence, or any illegal activity." unless of course we agree with it. Looking for logic...moving on.


The purpose? So that they can CONTROL what is taught and what cancer treatment is about. Entities who get money from people like the Koch brothers are greatly BEHOLDEN to them. Another thing you need to investigate are the charitable trusts--this is often the route that people like the Koch's use to give money to various entities to *avoid paying taxes* in terms of capitial gains. Read David Kay Johnsons book: Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich--and Cheat Everybody Else
http://www.amazon.com/Perfectly-Legal-Campaign-Rich---Everybody/dp/1591840694/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1411401198&sr=8-4&keywords=david+kay+johnson

You assume they have motives just like you. They don't. They are NOT like you. Charity by the rich is often a means to keep the tax man at bay. More often they pay little or nothing.
 
 
-67 # brux 2014-09-17 13:39
This can only happen because in forums like this with Liberal/Progres sive groups, no consensus can be made, no plan can be created, and nothing ever happens but a bunch of arguing. A giant tower of babble is what happens when progressives get together because they each want perfection designed to their own personal failings and do not understand that prioritization and compromise.

Because of the rabble here any compromise idea of progressivism is impossible, and not only impossible but the bad feelings you all engender makes it much less likely that any neutral people that are left will see any value in progressivism.

Conservatives win because a marginal number of Progressives simply cannot work with others. So, just expect to be walked all over until either the end of time or such time as you give up some of your pet ideas to join with others on the things that are most important and will lead to evolutionary change.

I find it so hard to believe that when faced with what is virtual genocide Progressives choose death rather than cooperation.
 
 
-53 # brux 2014-09-17 14:15
Vote your moronic thumbs down all you want, but please do come up with an alternate explanation as to why the majority of people always seem to be unable to express their interests?

I take all those thumbs down as a sign that I am right and that progressives are still not ready to face reality.

All it would take is one priority, continued steerage and a moral victory and our country could be back on track again, but people would rather bicker and deny reality. It's easy to blame to two rich old men that look at yourselves.
 
 
+2 # Darthvadersmom 2014-09-17 14:55
I hit like on both of your comments, but they went over to the other side. I am a progressive, but I don't see us cooperating or collaborating. The truth will set us free.
 
 
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+11 # freelyb 2014-09-17 22:49
Brux, yer drunk.
 
 
-9 # brux 2014-09-18 03:29
So you think the rhetoric here would inform and inspire someone that was neutral towards to Left? I don't, and I think it's obvious that is the point of this dump.
 
 
+7 # bmiluski 2014-09-18 08:17
Oh for the love of God brux........get out of your dorm room and get some fresh air.
If this is such a dump then LEAVE.
 
 
+9 # bmiluski 2014-09-18 08:16
So let me understand..... brux....you can spew whatever you want yet when we express an opinion such as disagreeing with you we're moronic.
Spoken like a true republican.
 
 
+1 # Henry 2014-09-19 16:36
Thumbs down is what you feed on, Brux. That's why you're here.
 
 
+35 # bbaldwin2001 2014-09-17 14:20
brux - Why are you wasting your time reading something that is not to your liking. It seems you are out to pick a fight. I would suggest you go find a way right wing forum - you will be much more comfortable there.
 
 
-34 # brux 2014-09-17 16:45
Are you seeking to change my behavior ... you are just thinking of me? Do you really think you know more about me, than me, or anything else. I've been to Right wing forums ... they are more sensible and cohesive than the Left, but I just do not happen to subscribe to Right wing values.

You are a good example of what I am trying to put across. You cannot stand anything that is not exactly the same as what you think, even though you have no real point about what you think except habit and brainwashing. You do not have reasons and logic behind you. You do not have a plan.

What you have is the ability to chip away at people who probably share many of your values until they just do not care any longer and either go away, stop arguing or defect to the other side out of hatred of what the Left wing actually does.

So, you and your 10 thumbs up assholes think about that the time you wonder why nothing you purport to believe in ever gets into a form where people can support it or vote on it. You are all losers with no idea who to be any different, so you just mindlessly go on and on like and anti-social Energizer bunny.

The exact opposite of what I think Left wing or Progressivism is all about.
 
 
+30 # MEBrowning 2014-09-17 19:39
brux,

I smell a troll. You are here to pick a fight, cause trouble, without offering anything except vague insults and false equivalencies. Have you offered any ideas of any value to anyone? Do you have a grasp of facts? Are you even civil? No, you generalize and demonize and foment.

If you don't like rightwing sites, and you don't like progressive forums such as RSN, suggest you turn off your computer and go for a walk.
 
 
-12 # brux 2014-09-18 03:27
Of course you are not picking fights. You want my ideas, search for my posts and read them, otherwise quit making personal comments and insults that is what a real troll does. I suggest you turn your brain on, not to mention your soul if you have one, you sound empty and bitter to me, and always trying to tell other people what to do ... I never saw that as a big part of being a Leftist.
 
 
+5 # PCPrincess 2014-09-18 09:06
Hey brux! I remember many months ago reading many conversations on RSN that you were also involved in where there was no friction, no infighting. I saw the change during the stories concerning Israel and Gaza as this was a point of conflict with you and many readers. I remember agreeing with you many times in articles before this time and I'll admit, if I were in your shoes, I'd be feeling pretty peeved as well by the few people who jumped on the bandwagon to pick fights with you. There will always be people from both ideologies that find enjoyment in the adrenaline that comes from joining a 'group' of people that are dumping on this or that, or this person or that person, just as gang members find solace in belonging to their group, no matter the negativity that gang activity promotes. I also have found strong indications that this type of bandwagon-jumpi ng is much more prevalent from right-wing types where much of their belief system MUST come primarily from talk within the members of the 'bandwagon', due to the fact that much of their beliefs are easily dis-credited outside of their 'group'. I can understand some of the thumbs down based on the negative tone of your replies, but not all of them and I'd be angry as well. We are human after all. I just want to say, don't give in to the few that are jerks, and some who may come just to screw with posters. Much of the readership are lurking and only post when we have time. Bring back old brux! Share your progressive values!
 
 
0 # MEBrowning 2014-09-18 11:14
I'm going to ignore the insults you've hurled at me and others you don't know, and respectfully suggest, having read your article on the U.S. tax situation, that you reintroduce some of those ideas related to the Kochs and other billionaires and cease attacking anyone who dares to question your motives for being unnecessarily insulting and incendiary on this thread.
 
 
+3 # bmiluski 2014-09-18 08:20
It seems to me brux.......that you are trying to change our behavior.
What's good for the goose is good for the gander.
As for mindlessly going on and on....really... ???? Have you looked at your posts?
 
 
+4 # randrjwr 2014-09-18 09:10
[quote name="brux"]".. . I've been to Right wing forums ... they are more sensible and cohesive than the Left, but I just do not happen to subscribe to Right wing values...."

Brux: In an earlier post, you complain there is no program and prioritization, just bickering. Here, you say you do not subscribe to right wing values.

So what do you subscribe to? What are your priorities (just "facing realities" won't do--details, please)? What is your program for change? And where do we get the money to carry it out?
 
 
+1 # brux 2014-09-28 12:27
Search and read my posts if you want to know what I think ... is that too hard for you to figure out. I'm not going to spoon feed you so you can turn on my like a rabid rat.
 
 
0 # Cassandra2012 2014-10-11 18:25
Buh-bye!
 
 
+2 # politicfix 2014-09-18 09:27
bbaldwin2001 -He must be a plant, like Roland who are on these sites to spew their rhetoric and to insight anger. They offer nothing in the way of substance in their rants.
 
 
-32 # MidwesTom 2014-09-17 15:10
There is an old saying that if you are a conservative at 20 you have no heart, and if you are a liberal at 50 you have no brain. I believe it is attributable to Winston Churchill.

A recent NY Times poll confirmed the above; people who work tend to get more conservative as they age and acquire assets, no matter how small the value of the assets.
 
 
-28 # brux 2014-09-17 16:49
Because they realize over time that there is no culture of the Left in place, except complaining and bickering, so they reluctantly focus on the things they can control, their finances and place in society.

Leftists are uncultured and stupid.

I have determined never to lose my core philosophical beliefs, which are justice, fairness, socialist, but those who I should be able to work with and cooperate with in bringing about change are the worst enemies.

Let's not forget who brought the greatest change in our country's history, that the Left now just takes for granted and ignores .... the New Deal ideas of FDR, followed up by LBJ.

The Left when they get a bit of a taste of what they want, they all go back to sleep and expect other people to tend their rights and responsibilitie s for them. Poo-Poo!
 
 
-2 # tpm713 2014-09-19 19:06
Trillions of dollars into those FDR and LBJ social programs and it has done NOTHING except disincentive production.

Here in Massachusetts it is profitable to be a drug addict, the way they are pampered is ridiculous. Why would anyone go through the painful yet rewarding process of recovery when they can be so easily given a means to keep using. Just one of the many examples of dumb leftist programs.
 
 
+42 # Interested Observer 2014-09-17 18:35
Today it should read "if you are a conservative at 50 you have no conscience."
 
 
+8 # kalpal 2014-09-18 07:12
Churchill said many stupid things. That one was probably in the top 10. It resides in same vat of mendacity as "there are no athiests in foxholes," another silly baseless canard.
 
 
+7 # bmiluski 2014-09-18 08:22
Oh Tom........real ly??? People who work tend to get more conservative... ..Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. You want to tell that to all my friends who are in their 60's still working and still LIBERAL?
 
 
-9 # MidwesTom 2014-09-17 15:21
If I had their money I think that I would simply buy myself a small country and retire.
 
 
+27 # PerryAdler 2014-09-17 18:04
They did...
 
 
+4 # kalpal 2014-09-18 07:13
Why not buy a big country? American legislators are very inexpensive to buy.
 
 
+1 # bmiluski 2014-09-18 08:23
OMG.......if only.
 
 
+6 # politicfix 2014-09-18 09:05
Of course you would Tom, because the GOP's MO is a me, me, me, attitude. They don't care if everything goes to hell as long as their ok. You can't make a nation great if it's built on all the people being selfish, greedy and not looking out for one another. It's called good will if that's not clear. The odd part is that the GOP claims to have this religious base when they don't even practice the attributes of what religion is suppose to advocate.
 
 
+21 # politicfix 2014-09-17 16:25
Throughout history there have been men and powerful entities who have risen to power, and who were sanctioned unstoppable. It was their selfishness and greed that poisoned them and took them down. In the end the result was that they ended up destroying themselves and everything they built up. What goes up much come down. The one constant in our physical world is change. Everything changes and this will too...and for the better. Whether there will be strong, honest, unselfish, individuals waiting to pick up the pieces is what our concern should be and what we should strive to create based on higher standards.
 
 
-22 # brux 2014-09-17 16:53
For each person who destroyed themselves as you say, there are people who have studied it, and figured out how to avoid it the next time. They may make different mistakes, but the habits of the right are evolutionary and build on each other to move their agenda forward.

That is not true of the Left. The Left just seems to get louder, shriller, and crazies, instead of agreeing on priorities and pushing for them.

The biggest example is universal single payer health care. We should have single payer universal health care in this country, Obama care is just a legal framework to insert a conduit from health insurers to your wallet - nothing else.

But because ObamaCare came from the so-called left, at least as it was told in the media, you lot, you supposed progressive liberals are divided and thrown for a complete loop because you do not know what to think or do.

there is no way to form a consensus and provoke action in the government, there is just temper tantrums and stupidity from the Left
 
 
+11 # freelyb 2014-09-17 22:55
So what is your grand plan for the immediate implementation of single payer in the face of rampant corporate greed?
 
 
+5 # kalpal 2014-09-18 07:14
Since the RW abhors evolution your contention that the RW is evolutionary in its habits is sadly laughable.
 
 
+5 # bmiluski 2014-09-18 08:24
Oh brux......you do go on and on and on and on and on............a nd on and on........
 
 
-1 # brux 2014-09-28 12:26
You are the one that goes on and on when you do not have to read my comments and you have nothing to say but insults ... and fodder like this. Go back and read your replies to me ... it might just strike you what a brainless twit you sound like.
 
 
+4 # politicfix 2014-09-18 09:19
Brux - There is a universal law based on ones behavior. "Do onto others and you would have them do onto you." because... what goes around comes around... Good actions, good reactions, as you give so you will receive. Call if karma if you wish. However you want to say it...it exists. Yes, people will connive and scheme and figure out new deceptive ways all based on selfishness and greed. And... there will always be a positive and negative in life, but Truth is Constructive and lives, Falsity is destructive and dies. Nothing can sustain itself when it's built on a base of falsity. It eventually crumbles.

The Affordable Care Act was born out of Romney care in Massachusetts so he could get elected governor in a Democratic state. Well, that one came back to bite him, didn't it? The ACA is a precursor to single payer. That's why the GOP is fighting it as hard as they can. It's the law of the land right now and that's why the GOP want control of the House, Senate and Presidency...so they can dictate the laws, depopulate the country, eliminate the middleclass, and empower the smallest percentile of individuals in this country, with the rest of the population living only to serve them. This is why the 2014 and 2016 elections are paramount in stopping a dictatorship by the GOP and get them out of decision making positions based on their negative actions. The GOP has said they will shut down the government every time the President doesn't agree with them.
 
 
+44 # nogardflow 2014-09-17 18:10
Brux, there is a simple answer to why there is often what you might describe as a cacophony of ideas when progressives discuss pertinent events. By nature, progressives question, examine and dissect ideas when looking for a logical solution. The majority of conservatives on the other hand are unimaginative(u nless there is a progressive inspired conspiracy theory, in which case their imaginations run wild)sheeple. Conservatives tend to lack empathy for the many and their struggles, preferring instead to have their lips firmly implanted on the asses of the few in the hope that one day they will become one of the few. Conservatives mindlessly follow the non empathic, moralless teachings of the sociopaths that tend to excel in the screw you world of capitalism.
 
 
+10 # freelyb 2014-09-17 22:55
Spot on.
 
 
0 # brux 2014-09-28 12:23
You may have one aspect of this, but it is a useless aspect, to just that Progressives are impotent jerks, but in a way that has no hopes of slapping them upside the head. They are uneducated and stupid for the most part. Conservatives often are the ones that own things and do the work, they reward others that think and do like they do, and so begets a positive feedback cycles that has led to an almost genocide on Liberals.

Liberals do not know what they stand for, because there use to a Liberal virtuous cycles to, but these schmucks here know nothing about it, will not learn, ...

Now ... my question is what happened. It could be that Americans are really just stupid, or any one of a number of things, but I think most of it is that we have been fooled to think other Liberals are like what we see in the media, but we fail to realize that the media is totally manipulated and is presenting us an image of the world that suits their, i.e. owners' and investors' needs.

The old psychology experiment where everyone in the room says they saw "x" when "y" was presented, but because the Liberal is isolated, they quietly and confusingly go along with "x".

This is an international mindfuck, and RSN is part of it or I will eat my proverbial hat.
 
 
+7 # Michaeljohn 2014-09-17 18:16
Unfortunately, the Right seems to be able to set a goal and then keep it's eye on the ball.

So far, the Left, or at least those who generally comment here, have not been able to display the same single mindedness or perhaps the problem is the generality of their approach as opposed to breaking things up into manageable pieces and following those through to completion.
 
 
+15 # freelyb 2014-09-17 22:56
Getting money, and the moneyed, out of politics is the first step...but it's a huge one.
 
 
+3 # Madmedic 2014-09-18 08:22
Quoting Michaeljohn:
Unfortunately, the Right seems to be able to set a goal and then keep it's eye on the ball.

So far, the Left, or at least those who generally comment here, have not been able to display the same single mindedness or perhaps the problem is the generality of their approach as opposed to breaking things up into manageable pieces and following those through to completion.


I believe you have clearly laid out Brux's position far more understandably than he has in his tortured arguments here.

As a proud liberal/progres sive (why do we always let the right wing zealots re define/demean the terms in any debate?),
I don't agree with him totally but he does make a random valid point or two.

Liberals/progre ssives ARE prone to demanding the unachievable "perfect" (in their/our view) rather than compromise and settle for the realistically achievable ... JUST SAYIN'
 
 
0 # brux 2014-09-28 12:17
Just saying, without getting too close to me that the other RSN'er will rag your forever, that I am totally right. With support like that it is not wonder the bad guys are winning. This place is full of pudding' heads.
 
 
+14 # m... 2014-09-17 19:17


The Kochs seem like Putin-wannabees enamored by the Russian Socio-Economic Model

...
 
 
+26 # angelfish 2014-09-17 19:39
I'm curious to know WHY these morons can't be charged with attempting to overthrow the duly elected Government of these, once great, United States of America? They are the WORST kind of Traitors. Pretending to be "good American citizens", all the while using their money as a tool to undermine our political system. If that ISN'T Treason, I'd like to know what IS!
 
 
+28 # nogardflow 2014-09-17 20:06
Because The Supreme Court said that it is ok to purchase government piece by piece.
 
 
+6 # randrjwr 2014-09-18 09:21
Quoting angelfish:
I'm curious to know WHY these morons can't be charged with attempting to overthrow the duly elected Government of these, once great, United States of America? They are the WORST kind of Traitors. Pretending to be "good American citizens", all the while using their money as a tool to undermine our political system. If that ISN'T Treason, I'd like to know what IS!


I agree that this is treason, but I think it shares the top spot with the Repugnantcans in Congress who declare their goal to be the party of NO and refuse to enact legislation put forward by a duly elected President, thereby subordinating the will of the people to their own will.
 
 
0 # whatifitoldyou 2014-09-18 12:16
What if...
We if stopped complaining about them and just slaughtered them?
 
 
0 # whatifitoldyou 2014-09-18 12:18
What if we banded together and did that to every oligarch.
Not just for the sake of slaughtering, but for the sake of making examples of them?
Seems to me that they run the planet, why not just take their power away from them by any means?
A lot of complaining that there's no way to stop them. I have a suggestion...Fr ench Revolution, red terror.
Bring back the guilloteens.
 
 
0 # crazijay 2014-09-19 12:47
The conclusion that the rich are trying to brainwash the next generation is a fallacious appeal to fear. The argument’s real concern is corporate interests are trying to cut in on the government’s brainwashing system.
#1 Confirmation Bias: What about sales, personal income, and property taxes? Not to mention that budgeting schools forces government officials to be more fiscally responsible, while potentially increasing economic demand for education driving innovative education approaches.
#2 False dilemma: There are more than 2 methods of raising capital than just Tax Money or Private Equity. If funding shortfalls cannot be resolved it's the job of the State Legislators to determine laws to fund acceptable solutions, otherwise the individual has to take responsibility for their own education (scary I know).
#3 Spotlighting: One think-tank that teaches greed will somehow lead to all high school and college teachers teaching greed rhetoric? Ridiculous! The following statement left me speechless “Colleges themselves would be transformed from institutions that cherish and develop critical thinkers into additional cogs of the corporate machine, with corporate-appro ved professors churning out obedient workers instead of independent-min ded leaders."???
 
 
+1 # crazijay 2014-09-19 12:48
Cogs are the only product educators manufacture in our schools, while critical thinking has been abolished and demonized in the entire "schooling" system.
It is appalling that in our country someone at the high school and college attendance age is considered "unsuspecting and impressionable" . That must be why we need our public funded saviors, to tell the naive adults what to think. Once the next generation is actually taught the systematic method of critical thinking, we will have nothing to fear from the left, right, oligarchy, or collectivist because the next generation could then think for themselves instead of looking for authority figures for answers.
The best argument for public Education Reform is not the color of money that pays for the resources; rather it’s seeking a system capable of returning all education decision making to duly-elected officials. Elected officials at the local level have the authority to re-establish public education according to the wishes of the taxpayers in each local community.
 
 
0 # crazijay 2014-09-19 12:48
Thanks
 

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