Koch Network Plans 2018 Investment Across the States to Promote Privatization of Education

“A pure democracy can admit no cure for the mischiefs of faction. A common passion or interest will be felt by a majority, and there is nothing to check the inducements to sacrifice the weaker party. Hence it is, that democracies have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have, in general, Bern as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.” – James Madison

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Here is how political scientists Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson describe the influence of the Koch brothers in American Amnesia, their 2016 book about the essential role of government for balancing the power of private interests: “The… array of Koch-related organizations was no Rube Goldberg machine.  It was more like an offshore holding company, designed to shield donors and to make it all but impossible to determine whether money designated for ‘social welfare purposes’—exempt from campaign finance rules—found its way into electoral politics… They built a rich people’s movement.  Beginning in 2003, Charles began to form a social network that could intervene in politics on a grand scale.” (American Amnesia, pp. 234-235)

This past weekend the Kochs convened their top givers, their Seminar Network, at a retreat center in Indian Wells, California.  Here is Associated Press reporter Steve Peoples’ description: “The Koch network’s chief lieutenants renewed…

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