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This is the Koch Brothers empire

By Quartz

David Koch, the industrialist and one-time Libertarian Party vice-presidential candidate, died today at age 79. He was half of the famous duo, along with brother Charles, known for their outsized influence on conservative American political causes, funded by profits from Koch Industries. The second-largest privately held company in the US, with $110 billion in revenue in 2018, it has more than a dozen subsidiaries involved in finance and commodities trading, the production of asphalt, chemicals, energy, fibers, fertilizers, minerals, natural gas, plastics, petroleum, pulp and paper, and ranchingRead full story

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  • Like the Dulles brothers before them, the Koch brothers represent a kind of WASP legacy American whose ideology is rooted in a white, Christian, ethnocentric overlord class pulling the economic and political strings not just domestically, but abroad. The reality is, they are a dying breed, having been

    Like the Dulles brothers before them, the Koch brothers represent a kind of WASP legacy American whose ideology is rooted in a white, Christian, ethnocentric overlord class pulling the economic and political strings not just domestically, but abroad. The reality is, they are a dying breed, having been replaced by a new generation of global technocrats—the Jack Ma's and Mark Zuckerberg's of the world whose influence is more overt and more immediate.

  • I don't like the idea of celebrating someone's death for the fact that they're no longer going to be here, but I'd be lying if I said there wasn't a part of me that wasn't at least relieved to know that David Koch won't be around to push policies, programs, ideologies, individuals and utter falsehoods

    I don't like the idea of celebrating someone's death for the fact that they're no longer going to be here, but I'd be lying if I said there wasn't a part of me that wasn't at least relieved to know that David Koch won't be around to push policies, programs, ideologies, individuals and utter falsehoods in the name of personal greed.

    While the Kochs have become something of a boogeyman among political pop culture in the past two decades, it's undeniable the impact that they have had pushing an agenda that has included:

    - exacerbating global wealth inequality;

    - preventing millions from accessing health care services without risk of financial ruin;

    - putting in place the infrastructure and financial support mechanisms to result in the election and appointment of some of the most conservative politicians and judges in the US and abroad (impacting a host of issues too numerous to list here, but think firearms restrictions, campaign finance laws, election gerrymandering, access to abortion services); and especially,

    - putting back the response to the global climate crisis by decades, perhaps even to the point where it may be too late to effectively respond and/or be able to convince many Americans and their politicians that climate change is real and requires actual actions.

    I have no doubt that there will be those who will come forward with personal stories about David Koch being a great person, and there certainly will be a push-back effort by his supporters to deny he ever did anything but help advance humanity's cause.

    However, it was already clear on the balance before his death the sheer hubris and damage that he and his brother had wrought in the name of personal greed. Make no mistake, Charles Koch remains with us, and will almost certainly be as aggressive as ever pushing the project that he started with his brother so long ago.

    They may both be boogeymen, but sometimes there are reasons for it. So long David. May you rest with your actions in life, and fully know the impacts they had had and will have going forward.

  • Given that this is being reported by multiple outlets, I wish Quartz had linked to an article written by someone who understands that libertarian and conservative are different things.

  • The one thing about David Koch was you always knew what he stood for. While it is almost automatic to disagree with him politicaly it is strange that I have never heard anything nice said about the man. While he probably didn't care it is a sad way to live and die.

  • Koch Industries is involved in a lot of businesses. It's practically impossible to avoid their products or influence. Even I was surprised while writing the story, despite having some awareness of their power, by just how many companies the conglomerate owns and just how much money it has to spend on

    Koch Industries is involved in a lot of businesses. It's practically impossible to avoid their products or influence. Even I was surprised while writing the story, despite having some awareness of their power, by just how many companies the conglomerate owns and just how much money it has to spend on investment, acquisitions, and giving.

  • A well written article. Too bad to see that we’ve become so bitterly polarized as a society that people cannot extende grace to someone of different political views in the face of death. It’s not like we're reading about the passing of a genocidal dictator that pillaged his country for personal benefit....

  • David Koch's death is most definitely both tragic for his family and a great benefit for America. So will Charles's be. I see in them the final scene in Trading Places, where one brother suffers a heart attack right on the trading floor, whereupon his brother says "F__k him" and continues to push his

    David Koch's death is most definitely both tragic for his family and a great benefit for America. So will Charles's be. I see in them the final scene in Trading Places, where one brother suffers a heart attack right on the trading floor, whereupon his brother says "F__k him" and continues to push his junk stock while facing certain ruin.

  • The comments on this article are mind blowing. Love him or hate him, he sure brought the emotion out of everyone. “Death pays all debts” - Shakespeare

  • Good riddance this was the epitome of evil.

  • Having actually read the article, I feel it brings a small modicum of hope that there is some realization of today's divisiveness among people.

    I'm no fan of the Tea party either, but unfortunate things have to play out in order for advancement to occur. We need to look at this example and use it to

    Having actually read the article, I feel it brings a small modicum of hope that there is some realization of today's divisiveness among people.

    I'm no fan of the Tea party either, but unfortunate things have to play out in order for advancement to occur. We need to look at this example and use it to look for a better way by building and learning, and not ignoring it just because we don't agree with it.

    We should take the opportunity to learn from the example as much as we can rather than focus entirely on loathing his existence. From this article, I went into reading about Elizabeth Koch, who sounds much more inspiring and can maybe correct some of the unfortunate realities brought on by her family. As the latter article points out, we have to predict differently to change our reality - that is what I take from this reading.

  • From the picture I’d say some movie about his/their life is coming with John Lithgow playing him...

  • May his heirs squander the family fund.

  • This guy is not a philanthropist!

    He gave only 2% of his net worth to charity, which is about average among all Americans. Bill Gates has been at 46%, for reference.

    And donating to Lincoln Center is not philanthropic, that $100MM could have provided 10 million mosquito nets, vaccinated millions

    This guy is not a philanthropist!

    He gave only 2% of his net worth to charity, which is about average among all Americans. Bill Gates has been at 46%, for reference.

    And donating to Lincoln Center is not philanthropic, that $100MM could have provided 10 million mosquito nets, vaccinated millions of children, or restored sight to 4MM people with cataracts. Instead he “donated” a cool building for rich people. Thanks, I guess...

    The death toll attributed to the Koch’s rabid anti-environmentalist juggernaut will climb for generations, exceeding that of warlords and terrorist groups.

    The apologists here aren’t looking at the numbers. This man was despicable.

  • Sounds like the people celebrating his death just disagree with his agenda politically. He opposed the affordable care act: therefore he was evil and didn’t want people to have healthcare? I oppose it as well. It was terrible for me personally as well as millions of people just like me. To me, this man

    Sounds like the people celebrating his death just disagree with his agenda politically. He opposed the affordable care act: therefore he was evil and didn’t want people to have healthcare? I oppose it as well. It was terrible for me personally as well as millions of people just like me. To me, this man was a champion of my ideals.

  • Sincerest condolences to family and friends who are feeling the loss. I did not know the man, but am grateful for his support of the arts.

  • Jeez everyone hates these guys, but every time I heard one of them get interviewed (like an actual recording of their voice) they seemed like totally good guys. They've totally been vilified by the media. And no, I'm not a republican, before you think that.

  • Good riddance.

  • This channel is quickly becoming the scourge that Facebook is. Rethinking this one.

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