"America is being destroyed by citizens who will not listen, are not informed and will not think. The uninformed are easily misinformed."
This is a quote from Fred Koch, the father of the super-rich Koch brothers, Charles and David. He was an obsessive opponent of communism. How prophetic that his sons would use those shortcomings of Americans to their advantage to further their objective of less government, by offering their fortunes to finance those who lead campaigns of disinformation targeting all who disagree with them.
It is not communism that we should fear and reject this time, but a plutocracy where the super-rich determine the fate of us all. The Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court equating corporations to individuals was a big step in the direction of that plutocracy. It has created a game where the one with the most money wins. One might call the decision "Citizens Omitted."
Fred Koch, the patriarch, wouldn't have known at the time that he was warning us about his own sons.
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