If all you see is "they inherited the company" . . . please get your vision checked.
(damn you jonsey, you beat me to it.)
Fred C. Koch, for whom Koch Industries, Inc. is named, co-founded the company in 1940 and developed an innovative crude oil refining process. His sons, Charles G. Koch, chairman of the board and chief executive officer, and David H. Koch, executive vice president, are principal owners of the company after they bought out their brothers, Frederick and William, for $1.1 billion in 1983... Charles and David H. Koch each own 42% of Koch Industries, and Charles has stated that the company will publicly offer shares "literally over my dead body".
I'm sure if the Koch brothers were born into a working class family in an inner city they would be eexactly where they are now.
afterall, bootstraps! lmao
By the way your talking, your a proponent of no one getting a helping hand, and starting off from scratch. So... no government support for anyone then?
Quite the opposite dj, I dont like people who are born into wealth and have an ideology that is predicated on people not getting anywhere near the opportunity they lucked into.
It's not even about them being wealthy, it's about the disproportiate amount of power and influence these people have in this Plutocracy we call the United States.
It's the fact that such incredible wealth accumulation necessarily comes with mass exploitation.
It's the fact that the Koch brothers openly and feverishly engage in Class War by using their wealth to destroy policies that benefit the working class, because doing so increases their profit margins.
This shouldn't be made into something too personal, this isn't abou the Koch brothers being bad people, or having bad morals, or demonizing them in particular. As pointed out, they also contribute to good causes and I'm sure in their personal life they are kind and loving to the people close to them.
The problem is systemic, it's not that the Koch brothers are dong something wrong, it's that the system necessarily creates Koch brothers, who engage in political hijacking, who overwhelm the political system for the purpose of class war.
Capitalists do what they do not because they are bad people, but because that's what a capitalist must do.
While the Koch brothers are good poster-children for the image of the wealthy capitalist elites exploiting people and using their non-elected financial power to control the elected representatives in our political system, it's dangerous to make it too much about them.
If the left focuses too hard on the Koch brothers, it makes it out as if they are just bad people and maybe if we had nicer people (like liberals) then it would all be okay, but that is just not true. The problem isn[t the personal characteristics or opinions of this wealthy class, it's the very structurally necessary existence and activities of this wealthy class
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