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An Explanation of the Koch Brothers That Will Challenge Your Faith in Our Democracy

Posted on February 3rd, 2018 in General by Robert Miller

I am currently reading a book, Democracy in Chains: the deep history of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, written by Nancy MacLean, who is a history professor at Duke University.  Basically it is the story of how the Koch brothers came to plan a sinister, anti-democratic movement for the future of America. To read the book click  HERE.

I urge ever person to read this book as it will inform you all about the sinister plans the Koch brothers have in store for our democracy. These people are serious and they are well on there way to achieving a complete victory. Basically, the Koch brothers have a very undemocratic government in store for us, one that will challenge the fate of our current democracy.

This undemocratic movement started with James M. Buchanan. Buchanan is a political economist, which means he studies politicians, but his real skill is in devising ways to keep the cultural wars burning. He does this by dividing people according to how the view any thing at a particular moment. For example, Buchanan hates the idea behind Social Security, so he devises examples that pit 60 year old seniors, who are just going into retirement, against the people  already in their retirement years. He tells the people who are just about to enter their retirement that the system is rapidly going broke and there will not be enough money left to support them, creating resentment against those already enjoying retirement. He was an adviser to Pinochet, who overthrew Allende, the democratically elected President of Brazil. I assume you all know how that turned out. You can see a video on James M. Buchanan here 

Initially, all the Republican nominees that were running for the presidency in the 2016 election agreed to follow the lead generated by the Koch brothers. The one who wouldn’t, Donald J. Trump, chose not to go along for some reason during the campaign but has fallen in line as President.

This is not the Republican party of your grandparents. That went out the window many elections in the past. I don’t know how far up the ladder of the party the beliefs have gone or how many have drunk the Kool-Aid, but I am very sure it is not just a few politicians. This new tax legislation demonstrates this glaringly. It benefits the wealthy and corporations over the average tax payer. Not more than a few hours ago I heard that the average worker will take home an extra $15.00 dollars a week, which is chicken scratch compared to the thousands the wealthy will get in breaks. Yet a percentage of the public continues to admire them for this accomplishment, ignoring how little it benefits the average citizen. As I have said, you need to read the book to find out how all of this has evolved.

While I have loved writing this blog and reading and thinking deeply in order to write it, this will be my last Miller’s Circle. As the cliche states, all good things must come to an end and, while this has been very good for me and I hope for you as well, it is time for me to turn my attention to retirement and other pursuits.

 

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