Have a Koch and a smile!

Okay, have two…they’re small. The Koch brothers, when they’re not out buying Representatives, Senators, SCOTUS decisions and Governor wannabees, have financial interest in some things you wouldn’t expect.

I’ve already talked about the link between the Kochs and the Cato Institute, but did you know that they pump money into the “Reason” Foundation?

It’s really unfortunate that the  “Reason” Foundation hijacked the word for the title of their foundation and magazine, because it shows less than none and anyone checking them out will see quickly what I mean (I warn you, more than five minutes on that link and you’ll be screaming for adult conversation). According to Wikipedia, “Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman and The Wall Street Journal editorial board have strongly endorsed the ”  Reason Foundation. Well, duh! Murdoch owns the WSJ, and Friedman was the nutcase selling the trickle down nonsense to Reagan.

Charles Koch likes the Heritage Foundation, and that should be no surprise to anyone. Another non-surprise is Koch’s support of economist James Buchanan, purveyor of something called “Public Choice theory“. Now, it turns out that “public choice” in this context means a citizen knowing that there is only a “tiny probability that his vote will change the result of the elections, while gathering the relevant information necessary for a well-informed voting decision requires substantial time and effort. Therefore, the rational decision for each voter is to be generally ignorant of politics and perhaps even abstain from voting“. Whoa! Citizens United!

The younger brother, David Koch, donates a lot of money to good (as well as Tea Party) causes. He is a big sponsor of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, cancer research, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural History, and more.

And…if you’ve ever watched NOVA, you’ve probably heard that David Koch, the younger, and apparently nicer, of the two Koch-demort brothers is a sponsor. That throws me, but I’m glad for it anyway. Still, because he supports the Museum of Natural History, here’s a smile…

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