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Just want to encourage anyone who hasn't yet read it to tuck into Jane Mayer's amazing book <em>Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right</em>. It's easily one of the most important books of investigative political reporting released in the past decade.
She's one of our very best. If our system survives this stress test, it will be in large part because of the fearless and comprehensive journalism done by her and others like her.
edit: needed more coffee to write rite
If you want to hear more about this I recommend "Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right". Unfortunately - seminars like this are only the tip of the ice-berg. There are huge ideological enterprises set up with goal of establishing "beach-heads" at prestigious universities by setting up private organizations that are attached to the university but paid to publish certain results. Their role is usually to promote free markets and encourage the inclusion of economic costs in law (not just public good). The Mercatus Institute is another example of one of these privately-funded-but-publicly-housed organizations. They're the guys who made news a few months ago when they published a study on Bernie Sander's medicare-for-all plan that showed that even though it was expensive - it was still cheaper than what we're spending now.
Hijacking top comment for extremely relevant obligatory plug:
Everyone should read Jane Mayer's <em>Dark Money</em> to better understand the Kochs and other ultra far right billionaires who have subverted our democracy
Speaking of the Koch Brothers, eeryone should read Jane Mayer's <em>Dark Money</em>.
It is absolutely essential reading for understanding what has happened to the Republican party and our greater political zeitgeist.
Unfortunately, after having read this book, I don't know what to do to combat the current system. It's been decades in the making and is now bought and paid for.
> Mainstream liberals and Democrats have largely been unable to...understand the behavior of the Republican Party over the last few decades
Just finished Jane Mayer's Dark Money. It's very enlightening in this regard. It's a hard read in the sense that is perpetually depressing, terrifying, and enraging, but it clearly explicates the unseen forces at work, including how the Koch network pours money into cut outs that are made to look and sound non-partisan and legitimate (which also aids in their mission to cheat campaign financing and tax laws) and pairs the cut outs' "research" with the worst elements of society (e.g., racism, poverty) to frame their messaging in an eerily similar way as Russian propaganda. That's in addition to all the shell non profits they use to skirt campaign finance laws and funnel ungodly amounts of money to politicians.
Even if I had at some point in the past said "both sides are the same" with respect to donors, I will never fucking say it again after reading this book.
If anyone hasn't read/listened to Dark Money by Jane Mayer you definitely should!
It traces the history of influence by conservative billionaire donors, and it's disgusting and infuriating -- but also incredibly informative.
BULLSHIT. No offense, but you don't have any idea what you're talking about.
I'm not just talking about the usual corporate influence. It's much, much worse than you think on the right. Read Dark Money. I wasn't exaggerating or being hyperbolic when I said that a handful of right wing billionaires literally have usurped the RNC, and as we speak, control our entire federal government.
FYI the Mercer Famiky was/is a major player in the Koch network that brought us the radical right and who now own the Republican Party.
Read Dark Money, buy a copy for a friend.
This is part of what Jane Mayer wrote about in her book;
Basically, the Kochs wanted business-friendly laws by eliminating all the worker protections and fairness laws, so they backed a libertarian party candidate.
They realized that Americans realized that Libertarianism was so against what's good for people in general that he got almost no votes at all.
So then they decided to start buying Republican politicians (because Democrats were pro-union and stuff). They couldn't be TOO overt in that, so they started funding schools, Ivy League too, and installed "their" teachers.
They started "grass-roots" groups and think-tanks and kept a good distance between themselves and these groups, but they all knew that the Kochs pulled the strings.
So ffwd to now and we have these Ivy League educated people that have been taught the Conservative Ideals (libertarianism, basically) and push it hard.
It looks better on TV to say "here's the Harvard-educated lawyer speaking up for us" and the "grass-roots" groups and think-tanks that are "completely independent" speak out for the same thing.
It's extremely clever, and it's a long game, AND it's working.
And this wasn't just the Kochs. This was the DeVos family, and the Prince family. And Coors. And several others that had plenty to gain by fucking over their employees, and cutting EPA protections of nature so their companies could pollute and save fortunes by not honoring people or nature.
o protesto de 2013 explodiu pq o picolé de chuchu mandou a tropa de choque bater com cacetete e cegar com bala de borracha no olho os manifestantes que pediam socialismo (passagem gratis para pobres) e isso é bem comum em todo lugar, sempre que a polícia reage com violencia existe o grande potencial de sair do controle e o tiro sair pela culatra
mas antes disso, a coisa que deixou os manifestantes putos foi que o bosta do haddad se vendeu pras empresas de onibus e aceitou o aumento na passagem (totalmente injustificado e visando apenas os lucros de gangues de empresarios criminosos) e fez um acordão com alckimin pra anunciarem juntos o aumento do onibus (prefeitura) e metro (estado) e é por isso que na época diziam que o haddad era um falso socialista e vendido, haddad inclusive teve a cara de pau de dar uma entrevista dizendo que o lucro das empresas de onibus era praticamente zero
dark money é um livro https://www.amazon.com.br/Dark-Money-History-Billionaires-Radical/dp/0307947904
Jane Meyer's book Dark Money pretty much traces the money trail and charts the history of how we got here. It's a sobering read.
So, we convince millions to do that? And let's assume that this fantasy even works. The next Walmart will already be up. Nothing would have changed. And the same process has to be repeated. Over and over.
That's precisely why we have laws and regulations. It ensures universality. For example, we don't have to keep fighting for minimum wage and maximum working hours with every company we work at.
"Government isn't the answer" is the exact propaganda the "small government" double-think boils down to. The book Dark Money by Jane Mayer covers the history behind this propaganda. It goes all the way back to the first patriarch of the Koch family when he was working with the Nazis.
People have no idea how tentacled the kochtopus is. They created judges, fake academia, pro wealth psych, Ben Shapiro, senators, etc, all masked behind libertarianism. The left is organically hysterical, the right is pay-for-hysteria.
I guess the original poster makes reference to works like this one (excellent book, by the way), which references how fringe groups and institutions with names that at least look good on paper are just fronts for billionaires trying to push their own agenda, typically by simply sowing distrust of governments. "Government bad" -> "we don't need this" -> "lower taxes" -> "profit".
I wouldn't be surprised either if a few weeks / months from now a lot of anti-mask groups are revealed to be receiving funding from any of these motherfuckers.
Tea Party was not grassroots. It was funded and promoted by the Koch brothers and their massive group of dark money non-profits. A whole book was written about it: Dark Money
Why would I read your thread on anarcho capitalists when I've already read at least 5 or 6 books on the Libertarian Movement and thousands of articles on the subject? Why don't you read this book about Libertarian Billionaires such as Peter Thiel, the Devos, and Koch families?
“Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right” by Jane Meyer. It was a best selling major release from a couple years ago and should be available almost anywhere. I got it from my local library. It’s also available on Amazon or I’m sure any local retailer.
I’d check Libby/Overdrive/Hoopla and see if your local library has an available copy.
Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Money-History-Billionaires-Radical/dp/0307947904
Be less obtuse and I'll be less mean.
I have never once advocated for taking away your rights because (why am I repeating myself) you are not a corporation. You persistently continue to miss my point so until you're ready to argue with me in earnest, go read a book.
> All Republican congressmen are idiots.
This is a dangerous attitude. They may do idiotic things, and certainly some of them are absolutely anti-science loons, but every single thing the GOP does is in service of the overriding goal of regulatory capture. And there is a lot of brainpower behind all of this.
They don't want to fix anything. They want to break our government so that the GOP can point to the shambles and yell "See? It needs to be drowned in the bathtub, like St. Grover Norquist says!" and then attempt to hand the whole shebang over to their billionaire master/donors as private enterprise.
Regulatory capture is the goal. That's the true endgame. But they need to break democracy to do that.
They do that in a million little ways, by a thousand cuts, and it's a plan that's not only backed by billions of dollars from American oligarchs but is orchestrated and anchored by hundreds of think tanks. It's an ideology of pure greed that is propped up by shady organizations like the Federalist Society (to train up hyperconservative/extreme libertarian justices), REDMAP (to gerrymander everything), and ALEC (to allow corporations and lobbyists to directly write bills that benefit the wealthiest members of the corporate world).
What's going on with Walker and in several state legislatures is about breaking democracy. The GOP-manufactured deadlock over a ridiculous wall we don't need and subsequent shutdown are more ways to pretend that democracy doesn't work while in actuality it is simply being subverted by the bad actors in the GOP.
edit: for the "this is some kooky conspiracy theory" scoffers: no, it really isn't. This is all observable stuff that is being done openly at this point. A very good recent book on the topic is Jane Mayer's <em>Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right</em>.
Didn't want to spam the queue, but if anyone else wants to post parts 2 and 3 of this amazing, comprehensive piece of journalism, here are the other two parts to this story:
Part 2: Internal Divisions President Trump’s election made the Murdoch family more powerful than ever. But the bitter struggle between James and Lachlan threatened to tear the company apart.
Part 3: The New Fox Weapon The Disney deal left the Murdochs with a media empire stripped to its essence: a hardcore right-wing news machine — with Lachlan in charge.
It's a very long read, but worth it.
I also recommend Jane Mayer's seminal book from 2017 entitled <em>Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right</em> to get a full picture of how the oligarchy has slimed in and committed violence against our democracy for over a generation.
TP USA, Ben Shapiro, and others are all funded by the Koch Brothers.
Big money and cronyism is paying for these right-wing nutjob cockpuppets to "own" college students and drum up fake support for "classical liberalism" and "preserving western civilization".
Lauren Southern's in on it. Jordan Peterson's in on it with his "intellectual dark web", gimme a fucking break. Steven Crowder's in on it as well.
It's all a marionette puppet show, and the Kochs are pulling at the strings.
Jane Mayer's Dark Money should be assigned reading for all Americans. Koch's are the architects but by no means are they alone!
Mercers and The Kochs. Read or listen to Dark Money. It's scary.
Read <em>Dark Money</em>
Most excellent book too!
Sure. There are two books that are worth reading on the subject: Dark Money by Jane Mayer and Democracy in Chains by Nancy MacLean. Basically, for the last fifty years, a relatively small group of obscenely wealthy Americans has been pouring money into pushing the overton window to the right so that their libertarian ideals would become mainstream today instead of radical. It was essentially a response to the New Deal and what they saw as the spread of government totalitarianism. Through non-profit groups, university grants, SuperPACs, and other channels, they spread their ideas by educating new generations of young conservatives and getting radical right-wing politicians elected.
It has been depressingly effective. Right now we have wealth and income inequality worse than it's been in 100 years, but people are still afraid of "socialism," even when such policies would help the vast majority of Americans. But the wealthy have a lot of people convinced that the government can't be trusted and should have as little control over the economy as possible. So they can pay their workers peanuts, ignore environmental damage, avoid taxes, and spend billions on lobbying because they have people convinced that they should be allowed to because that's what liberty means.
This isn't some conspiracy theory either, this is actually happening. It is well documented. It's honestly terrifying and it is going to keep going until more Americans realize just how badly they're getting screwed. This has happened before too. The Progressive Era came after the Gilded Age and the New Deal came after the Great Depression, so we may be seeing such a shift happening already, but it's still going to be an uphill fight.
That's when the Koch noise machine kicked into high gear and hammered down on moving goalposts and gaslighting.
I encourage everyone to read or listen to <em>Dark Money</em> by Jane Mayer sooner rather than later.
I am a capitalist and made good money in business. I hate what has happened at the top of the economic ladder.
Some of the ultra-wealthy have used their money/power/influence to corrupt our systems. The Kochs are a prime example. For decades now, they have been creating think-tanks (hundreds) that promote their propaganda, anti-environment, anti-welfare, pro-fossil-fuel. They have also bought many of our elected officials by paying, through PACs, for their election. Those who don't play ball get "primaried" as the Kochs fund their replacements. It's largely been responsible for the lack of integrity of our elected officials today.
Their efforts have also helped to change the court system in America, by helping fund the appointment of numerous lifetime appointees who are beholden to their causes.
This is not capitalism. This is blatant abuse of the system and perversion of our government/society for their own benefit. They care not a bit about those below them except insofar as they manipulate them to cast their votes for the pawns of their choice.
Tons of details in two excellent books:
Dark Money - Jane Mayer
Democracy in Chains - Nancy MacLean
The same Eisenhower who extremely critical of wealthy industrialist taking control of the national and attempting to exploit the poor to their benefit? I'm not saying everything he did was good, but he was aware that a certain, powerful segment of the population was more interested in ranking up a high score in their bank accounts than helping people.
> Neoliberalism, love it or hate it, saved the economy in the 80s and 90s.
That's a massive over-simplification, and mostly inaccurate. While several important metrics from measuring the economy did improve during that period, "real wages" (wages adjusted for inflation) didn't grow significantly between 1981 and 2011. A lot of the economy growth came from women entering the work force in larger numbers & obtaining wages comparable to men, from computers & automation massive boosting the productive per worker, and a massive increase in the access to credit (debt). Of the three, Neoliberalism/Laissez-Faire economy only really affected the third, with probably overall negative consequences. At the heart of the Great Recession was the house market collapse: Because of the lack of real wage growth, people couldn't afford to buy houses except through increasing ridiculous mortgages, which they were able to obtain since the investment class demands growth. This debt bubble was leveraged to create even more (imaginary) wealth, which showed up in most of the economy metrics (especially the stock market). It just disappeared when reality set in and real wages couldn't support incurred debt, crashing the economy.
> Nixon brought in the Environmental protection agency.
I put Nixon on the list for breaking the law to maintain political power. Without Watergate, he would not have made the list.
> Political parties respond to the ~~needs and~~ wants of the electorate.
The reason I mentioned think tanks is that they are one of the tools used by conservative to re-frame and shape the wants of the electorate. Most traditional think tanks collect facts and do analysis to build policy recommendations, but many conservative ones (especially ones funded by the Kochs) begin with the ideology and cherry-pick the data to support the policies they have already written. It's both intellectual dishonest and much easier to build a convincing narrative with. I suggest reading Dark Money and Democracy in Chains if you want to examine the interplay between conservative think tanks, public opinion and money.
> People are the ones who vote after all.
Which is why voter suppression and gerrymandering play such an important role is US elections. Given the ugly history of disenfranchisement in that country, it's much easier to build support for preventing "the wrong people" from voting that it is to actually convince other people to support your policies. It's disguising and disgraceful. Thankfully, the Supreme Court up here has been consistent on supporting everyone's right to vote.
Everyone should read New Yorker writer Jane Mayer's book about the Kochs and (to a lesser extent) other far-right billionaires, Dark Money.
For a contemporary view, Dark Money by Jane Mayer.
For a historical perspective, Democracy in Chains by Nancy MacLean.
Jane Mayer, <em>Dark Money</em>
Nancy MacLean, <em>Democracy in Chains</em>
This is well-documented and reported. Please do some reading, specifically on John Olin and the Koch Brothers and James Buchanan and the neoliberal Mont Pelerin Society hostile takeover of higher education and public discourse in general. Even the Tea Party was astroturfed.
Any one interested in U.S. politics at more than a surface level ought to read Jane Mayer's book about the Kochs and other right-wing billionaires, Dark Money. For a taste, here's an article she wrote for The New Yorker before she wrote that book, which prompted them to hire a private investigator to try and harass her.
It's perfectly legal.
I'd encourage everyone to read this book who hasn't already.
Available on audiobook too if that's your bag.
Very well researched.
Read Dark Money & Democracy in Chains. The capitalist class within the USA has been actively attempt to take control of the government and reshape it to benefit them. Trump is just stupid enough to make it obvious what he is doing.
As long as we are suggesting things, People should read Dark Money by Jane Meyer
In simplest terms, the Koch Foundation has put a poop ton of money into George Mason University and other colleges across the US. I highly recommend you read the book but GMU has been in the news this year because of the connections to the Kochs.
The book also goes into the Bush family and a lot of the Republican guard, shit I had no idea about. The Kochs made a shit load of money selling to the Nazis and USSR.
The book is basically a history on their business dealings with the far right and their efforts to influence the political system. So it has a lot more info than just their father's dealings with Nazi Germany
All of this is well documented.
Of course I might be going out on a limb thinking you'd ever even try to read a fucking book for once.
Highly recommend this book. Explains how billionairs like the Kochs and Mercers fund all sorts of right wing projects, universities, and lobbying groups.
Fuck it. Finally ordering it now.
Really stoked to get fucking depressed about the CU decision again.
Edit: can I post a link to Amazon? I'm gonna post the link to Amazon. And here's the Smile.Amazon link.
Edit: Also, if you don't like reading and want a primer on this stuff... good documentary from HBO here.
If you have never read or listen to the book Dark Money by Jane Mayer:
Interview with Jane Mayer:
Link to the book on Amazon:
I recommend it, really eye opening on just how crazy the Koch political network is.
Also, Citizen Koch is a great documentary to watch about the Koch Brothers political activity as well:
Also Jane Mayer with Dark Money
Skip Fahrenheit 451 and read one of these instead-
People read all these dystopian novels with little examination of the ruling class. Dystopian novels are a dime a dozen.
For a very detailed account on how the billionaire class got to control all the levers of the US government, Jane Mayer's Dark Money is required reading
It shouldn’t be baffling but is is saddening.
Many conservative voters are drowning in the technological age and they’re desperate. Their education systems and local economies have no kept up, they have diminishing relevance on a national level each an every year.
I grew up in a town of <1000 people, I know these folks well. The death of small town America is infuriating to those who never had a chance to escape the small town trap.
Pair that frustration with a propaganda effort designed specifically towards giving them a target to focus their rage and you end up with some very angry and ignorant people. And with gerrymandering/electoral college, it also means you have some highly motivated a disproportionately powerful voters.
This has been purposeful too, the Koch brothers were furious at Reagan when he rebuffed their efforts with the John Birch Society. So they decided the best way to influence politics was to attack from all angles. In came JBS 2.0, also known as the Federalist Society and also dozens of PACs, “charitable” organizations other other groups all tasked with three things: unite fiscal conservatives and religious conservatives under one tent, indoctrinate graduates from top economics programs in the “wisdom” of free market economics and create a direct line of communication between big donors and influential politicians/judges. And forty years later we can see their efforts have been incredibly effective, hell the Supreme Court has a majority of judges who openly affiliate with the federalist society and they literally ruled that money=free speech allowing corporations to cut out the middle men in buying politicians. And moreover, in RED voting areas, we see all of the conservatives directing the rage at their diminishing quality of life at the people who are doing the most to actually help them.
Hence why it is not surprising that they’re angry or violent. These people have had forty years of astroturfed indoctrination by conservative billionaires. Every year their lives get worse and they either have to face the reality that they were hoodwinked or double down on their misfortune being caused by liberals who hate capitalism and god. And the truth is that their pride is the only thing they have left so there is no chance in hell that they’ll ever admit they were wrong, it’d fucking break them and their cognitive dissonance quite simply won’t let it happen. So we just end up with a base that gets more fervent in their misdirected rage, each and every year.
I highly suggest you read Dark Money by Jane Mayer, she goes into excruciating depth about how this all came about and it was shocking to see just how purposeful it was.
I know and I hear you. I am a PhD. If it wasn't actually hapoening, it would be insane.
And It is sick and depraved.
Also definition of conspiracy - the action of plotting or conspiring together nothing inherently insane about it. But bullying, gaslighting and harassing in organized groups is a conspiracy.
For starters you might read the Republican led - Mueller Report, and the Republican Senate Intelligence report. Russians were found influencing US elections. The NRA was found to be laundering big money for Russia.
Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right: Mayer, Jane: 9780307947901: Amazon.com: Books
When US banks would no longer loan to trump he turned to Russia for $$$.
Alex Jones traffics in information warfare (infowars). He works for the alt-right, MAGA Republicans. From there, follow the money... Koch industries, Mercer's, Murdoch etc.
Have you ever considered the role billionaires have in shaping government policies? And have you also considered whether these same billionaires set up thinktanks to spread the gospel that government doesn't work?
Guess who has a free reign when people lose trust in collective action, leading to loss of proper laws and regulations?
The book Dark Money is an amazing read that goes into depth on this topic. Winners Take All is a good companion piece for it.
Lmaoooooo sick burn dude. This is why I love reddit.
I think you should look at the definition of corporation -- idk if I'd consider a monarchy a corporation but that's fine if you'd like to. If we're getting picky and including monarchs it's frequently cited that Mansa Musa was the richest person ever. I'll rephrase my point if you're so keen on arguing semantics -- the multinational fossil fuel corporations are among the richest and most powerful corporations to ever exist in the modern era and have consistently undermined any attempt for congress to pass laws to fight climate change. If you'd like a source please read this book.
Also, the EPA has previous BANNED airborne pollutants through the the REGULATORY power granted to it by Congress in the CAA.
The article was put together with a predefined narrative.
The framing of the information is such to goad the working classes into action that is against their best interests.
All anti-vaxxers need to read this book, take a deep look into the mirror and recalibrate.
I posted this comment elsewhere in this thread... but that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Specifically related to Climate Change (though their crimes are legion): The Koch Brothers founded the Atlas Network (if this were the Marvel Universe, the Atlas Network would be the propaganda wing of Hydra). The Atlas Network has worked with the Heartland Institute (also funded by Charles Koch) to produce countless "reports" spreading misinformation about climate change and trying to increase confusion and doubt.
Just a primer on the Heartland Institute:
>Founded in 1984, it worked with tobacco company Philip Morris throughout the 1990s to attempt to discredit the health risks of secondhand smoke and lobby against smoking bans. Since the 2000s, the Heartland Institute has been a leading promoter of climate change denial.
Those are Koch dollars at work.
So the Koch Brother~~s~~ have spent Billions on creating and funding neoliberal propaganda outlets (Atlas Network, Heartland Institute, Cato Institute, The Fraser Institute, the JCCF, and hundreds more) all around the world.
Greenpeace claims that between 1997-2017 the Koch Brothers spent over $190 Million specifically in support of climate denial groups and advocacy groups.
Again, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Koch Foundation... If you are interested in digging deeper, I can strongly recommend the book Dark Money: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right in which the Koch brothers feature rather prominently.
We unfortunately aren’t rid of him even when he is dead. Dark Money describes the systems they have set up to fuck us even when they are gone.
Here's an example but this is just one group. There are thousands:
Why does this keep happening? https://www.wsj.com/articles/rudy-giuliani-associate-lev-parnas-funneled-foreign-money-into-u-s-elections-prosecutors-say-11634159205
Interesting read: https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Money-History-Billionaires-Radical/dp/0307947904
> It is difficult to say what fraction of philanthropic giving goes toward shaping public policy. Callahan estimates that the figure is somewhere around ten billion dollars a year. Such an amount, he says, might not sound huge, but it’s more than the annual contributions made to candidates, parties, and super-pacs combined. The result is doubly undemocratic. For every billion dollars spent on advocacy tricked out as philanthropy, several hundred million dollars in uncaptured taxes are lost to the federal treasury.
> “It’s not just that the megaphones operated by 501(c)(3) groups and financed by a sliver of rich donors have gotten louder and louder, making it harder for ordinary citizens to be heard,” Callahan notes. “It’s that these citizens are helping foot the bill.” That both liberals and conservatives are exploiting the tax code is small consolation.
> “When it comes to who gets heard in the public square, ordinary citizens can’t begin to compete with an activist donor class,” Callahan writes. “How many very rich people need to care intensely about a cause to finance megaphones that drown out the voices of everyone else?” he asks. “Not many.”
I'm done engaging someone who knee jerks strawman. Don't bother replying.
Mandatory reading on that election dark money
Buy Dark Money on Amazon
Have fun with your revolution. Its really high time you start....
i heard about this and found the video on youtube. 390k views in just a few hours. I really hope it gets shared around everywhere, and people watch it all the way through. It's worth 10 minutes of anyone's life, it explains so much.
There's also an amazing dark money Frontline episode that everyone should watch of course:
As well as a POV movie:
And of course the amazing book:
The BF is featured quite a bit in Jane Mayer's Dark Money. It's quite an interesting read.
This book should be helpful.
Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right https://www.amazon.com/dp/0307947904/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_01.cFbCSKRDYZ
>You stand out as a conspiracy nut when you say something like this. There is a sea of libertarians, they don't need to astroturf, it's nonsense.
They have been slowly cultivated. Feminists think they are part of a grass roots thing too.
Here is how it was slowly cultivated.
>Paleolibertarianism is a variety of libertarianism developed by anarcho-capitalist theorists Murray Rothbard and Llewellyn Rockwell that combines conservative cultural values and social philosophy with a libertarian opposition to government intervention.
>In the essay "Right-Wing Populism: A Strategy for the Paleo Movement", Rothbard reflected on the ability of paleolibertarians to engage in an "outreach to rednecks" founded on social conservatism and radical libertarianism. He cited former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke and former U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy as models for the new movement.
>In the 1990s, a "paleoconservative-paleolibertarian alliance was forged", centred on the John Randolph Club founded by Traditionalist Catholic Thomas Fleming. Lew Rockwell and Murray Rothbard supported paleoconservative Republican candidate Pat Buchanan in the 1992 U.S. presidential election, and described Buchanan as the political leader of the "paleo" movement. In 1992, Murray Rothbard declared that "with Pat Buchanan as our leader, we shall break the clock of social democracy".
>Three years later, he said Buchanan developed too much faith in economic planning and centralized state power, which eventually led paleolibertarians to withdraw their support for Buchanan. In addition to Buchanan's "economic nationalism", Paul Gottfried later complained of a lack of funding, infighting, media hostility or blackout, and vilification as "racists" and "anti-Semites".
>Rothbard died in 1995, while in 2007 Rockwell stated he no longer considered himself a "paleolibertarian" and was "happy with the term libertarian".
>Yes ((("They"))) right?
No, for example the British and french ruthlessly crushed revolutionary efforts.
In France they would have peasants rioting for food massacured by the military.
In venezuela they are funding violence and making food shortages.
In Chile they backed a violent dictatorship.
You assume you already have the truth and reject the idea I know things you dont.
As someone else mentioned, look at the money. Specifically, the money networks Jane Mayer outlines in her book Dark Money(I would say this is a must read.) The Koch brothers in particular have spent 40 years strategically financing think tanks and universities to spread "free-market" philosophy. By establishing grants, they have been able to buy intellectual cover for their extreme libertarian ideas and move the public conversation. The idea of vast private foundations using their money and influence was once considered completely un-American and now we live in a world of Citizens United. What this oligarchy has done is hijack the Republican Party. It's why Romney likely reversed his position on climate change in the 2012 election. Republicans must toe the line to receive the support of these dark money groups or risk having a primary challenger financed by the big PACs. This is how you get Ted Cruz and company.
In a larger sense, I think the framework Craig Oglesby outlines in his book The Yankee and Cowboy War makes a lot of sense. His basic thesis, through which he analyzes the Kennedy assassination and Watergate, is that there is a struggle for power between two factions in American society, which he calls the Yankees and the Cowboys. The Yankees represent the Eastern Establishment. They are a group who is primarily focused on maintaining relationships with Europe, particularly the financial establishment. Ivy League networks and interlocking directorships took hold of the first wave of American industrialization. The quintessential Yankees are the Rockefellers and the various foundations like Carnegie and Ford who emulated them. These foundations generally espoused a "liberal" viewpoint, in the sense that free inquiry could analyze the problems facing society and develop solutions.
The opposing faction is the Cowboys. This group is broadly made up of the benefactors of westward expansion, particularly large oil and mineral concerns but also ranching and industrial agriculture. As America built a strong military in response to the World Wars, the defense establishment, which was often composed of large Western aerospace companies like Hughes' aircraft, joined the Cowboy alignment. This group bristled at the attempts of the Yankees to control them through financial and other maneuvers and by financing politicians like Nixon and LBJ, created an opposing power structure.
An undercurrent to all of this is the role of organized crime. In the early 20th century organized crime used control of unions and to mobilize voting blocks and provide sources of illicit funds to create their own financial infrastructure (Hoffa's Teamsters' involvement with funding casinos is a prime example of that.) Right after WWII, the Mafia was used by the OSS (precursor to the CIA) as an organized force against the threat of communism in both European ports and here at home. This symbiosis was a strong factor in the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion. As Vice President under Eisenhower, Nixon helped plan the invasion with the CIA using Mob elements to assassinate Castro. When Kennedy refused the assassination plot and threatened to smash the CIA and "scatter it to the wind," he set in motion a plot by the Cowboy oligarchy and organized crime to kill him in a silent coup. It didn't help that his brother Bobby was hot on the heals of cracking down on organized crime, which most likely led to his untimely demise.
When you look critically at the interplay of the oil, weapons and narcotics industries, as well as the financial syndicates, you can get an idea of the broad power structures that filter down to our everyday political theater. Trump represented a power move by the Russian syndicate. Since their interests in oil and weapons are aligned with the Cowboys behind the dark money of the Republican Party, these groups have made some type of alliance. To understand more about the Russian organized crime syndicate's influence in Trump's rise to power read Craig Unger's House of Trump, House of Putin.
Obviously a lot of this is simplified, but if you read the books I listed you will have a good grasp of a general framework which you can use to understand current events (and history for that matter!)
This book explains very well where this money comes from and why!
You don't have to take my word for it. Just read a book:
Shapiro -> YAF -> Koch Foundations
Really wasn't hard, buddy.
Your arguments are so rampant with slippery slopes its effectively pointless to talk to you. Read the book above, how fucking naive do you have to be to consider things like Super PACs, Citizens United, lobbyists, etc. to consider it a "theory". You are clearly beside yourself, and I'm sorry you can't have a level headed discussion without hitting every emotional branch on the way down.
The best part is is that I've never advocated for not voting, an implication you are desperately clinging to.
https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/recips.php?id=d000000186 Just last year.
And that doesn't count all the Super-PACs that they operated to hide their donations.
David and Charles Koch are the poster-children of crony-capitalism...
...which also makes them the perfect personification of American/Right Libertarianism in practice.
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Chile, the right libertarian puppet dictatorship for example, economy didnt grow or improve until they got rid of the free market dogma. While it was in place they brutally suppressed and murdered people for dissent.
Venezuela is another good example of neoliberalism causing chaos and violence, they were shooting starving protestors until chavez was elected. Neoliberals are still causing chaos there today.
The IMF have been dictating neoliberal dogma for decades, now they know it doesn't work.
>Rising inequality and slow economic growth in many countries have focused attention on policies to support inclusive growth. While some inequality is inevitable in a market-based economic system, excessive inequality can erode social cohesion, lead to political polarization, and ultimately lower economic growth. This Fiscal Monitor discusses how fiscal policies can help achieve redistributive objectives. It focuses on three salient policy debates: tax rates at the top of the income distribution, the introduction of a universal basic income, and the role of public spending on education and health.
Now that socialist lybia is destroyed, Rwanda is the best economy in Africa - asian style capitalism, high investment in education, infrastructure, welfare, job creation ...
Put a right libertarian in charge of an economy and they will for example want cut backs in vaxinations, and other government programs, recommend allowing billonaires to take private ownership of the countries resources and extract it while putting as little as possible back.
It was populaized among americans through well funded propaganda and manipulation.
The right libertarian movement introduced the racism to what we call the "alt right " to help the movement along.
>Rothbard was one of the foremost proponents of the pseudo-psychology known as praxeology. Rothbard viewed property rights as paramount to freedom and so went even beyond von Mises, who was a minarchist, in advocating anarcho-capitalism. He was also known as a big critic of fractional reserve banking and the Federal Reserve. Because of his philosophy, he held many views that would be seen as progressive as well as ones that were batshit crazy. For example, he voiced support for the civil rights movement as well as opposition to the Vietnam War and the draft, but also defended the practice of child labor, "racialist science," and that "cops must be unleashed, and allowed to administer instant punishment." Also, despite his initial vocal support for revolutionary black power politics, he later worked with Lew Rockwell, founder and then president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, to run a campaign strategy to exploit racism in order to build a libertarian/paleoconservative coalition and praised the notorious work by Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray, The Bell Curve. He was known as the first "Anarcho"-Capitalist
This is why jordan peterson and you guys get called alt right.
Id guess pinker is on the pay role of a right libertarian think tank, like those that JP retweets.