Gregory Hood, American Renaissance, August 26, 2019
Libertarian activist and philanthropist David Koch died last week. Conservatives mourned. Liberals rejoiced. David Koch’s contributions to cancer research and the fine arts did not protect him from their contempt.
“He and his brother have done more than anybody to fund climate deniers for decades,” said Bill Maher. “So f**k him, the Amazon is burning up, I’m glad he’s dead, and I hope the end was painful.” USA Today called these remarks “candid.”
Countless others celebrated, including celebrities such Bette Midler. Some hoped his brother Charles would die soon.
Many Twitter users called the late Mr. Koch “racist” or “racist-enabling.”
David Koch was a white supremacist enabling, Nazi-connected, billionaire who helped to destroy the fabric of America his entire life. Everything he stood for was evil. Only racists and bigots will miss him.
— X (@XLNB) August 23, 2019
7. The Republican Party, thanks to David Koch, went from public policies cloaked in covert racism that covertly sought to kill human beings it did not like, to policies that are overtly racist and overtly seek to kill human beings it does not like. https://t.co/bh5Ek7Anx6
— John Stoehr’s Editorial Board (@johnastoehr) August 23, 2019
If he wasn’t a “racist,” he was a “liar.”
David Koch finally died.
David Koch made his money and solidified his power by lying to the world about the dangers of both fossil fuels and white supremacist political ideologies, and seemed to be in absolutely no danger of reforming his ways.
Have a good Friday, everybod
— Damien, (@Wolven) August 23, 2019
David Koch was the Libertarian Party’s 1984 vice-presidential candidate. He wanted to abolish Social Security, welfare, the Federal Reserve, and the minimum wage. In later years, he and his brother exercised enormous influence through their network of activist organizations, nicknamed the “Kochtopus.” This included many “free market” groups, notably Americans for Prosperity, the American Future Fund, FreedomWorks, and Generation Opportunity. Journalists and Democratic politicians claimed for years the Koch Brothers were the “puppet masters” of the American Right.
There’s some truth to this, though not in the way progressives mean. Koch money ensures that populist movements serve the rich. Thus, American workers angry about vanishing jobs, endless immigration, and cultural collapse end up supporting a conservative movement that delivers free trade, cheap labor, and libertine social policy. The Left benefits from the “Kochtopus” because it ties conservatives to unpopular economic policies. The Kochs’ corporate lobbying machine sabotaged any nationalist, populist movement that could potentially challenge the power structure.
The Left further benefited because the Koch Brothers were on their side on critical issues. Their network supported mass immigration, “criminal justice reform,” and amnesty. It gave various pro-amnesty groups millions of dollars; one is “Libre Initiative,” a Hispanic group that lobbies for more immigration and “free markets.”
“Libre Initiative” has failed to win over Hispanics to free markets. A recent Pew poll found most Hispanics “have positive impressions” of the term socialism. Mass immigration, however, continues, and the Hispanics the Kochs worked so hard to import will elect more representatives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The globalist Koch Brothers, who have become a total joke in real Republican circles, are against Strong Borders and Powerful Trade. I never sought their support because I don’t need their money or bad ideas. They love my Tax & Regulation Cuts, Judicial picks & more. I made…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2018
The network won’t support the President in 2020.
Charles Koch reportedly pressured his ailing brother into retirement about a year ago. Charles has since sided with George Soros, the Anti-Defamation League, Comcast NBC Universal, and others to fight “hate and extremism online.” The Koch network is also reportedly supporting Democrats. Yet when Charles Koch dies, liberals again will be delighted.
Conservatives often boast about their progressive achievements and anti-racism. They presumably expect liberals’ praise.
Today, Botswana decriminalized homosexuality
President Trump’s global push to decriminalize homosexuality is achieving results across the world
Will CNN & MSNBC give his administration any credit for this monumental achievement?
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) June 11, 2019
2. The substance and spirit of Amy Wax’s remarks here–as well as her coy refusal to define racism–are appalling and outrageous: https://t.co/6ce20dNwzZ
— W Bradford Wilcox (@WilcoxNMP) August 24, 2019
I’m going to post this again. It’s time to be aware of the young, online alt-right activists who often use the right’s defiance of political correctness to provide an entry point to white supremacism and to gain access to the conservative public: https://t.co/D96AzVHvHZ
— David French (@DavidAFrench) August 4, 2019
“Democrats are the real racists” is the original cuckservative meme. Rather than challenging progressive premises, many conservatives try to beat liberals at their own game. Dinesh D’Souza built his career doing this, but sell-outs are never rewarded. Instead, liberals attack them for not staying in perfect lockstep with them. You can’t appease people who want to destroy you.
Progressives accurately see Western Civilization as white civilization. The Left wants to subvert that civilization. The late David Koch helped them, but progressives think he’s just another dead white male racist.