October 15, 2014
There’s a nasty strain of business today that calls itself capitalism and it’s really bad for you, bad for me, and bad for America. You might have heard about these two brothers, these two ne’er-do-wells, these two sinister creeps, named the Koch Brothers. They own Koch Industries. They were featured in this long, extensively researched article in Rolling Stone, that painted a picture of the Koch Brothers as seriously the most evil business people you’ve ever heard of. These guys have $40,000,000,000. They own the second largest privately owned company in the country. They own almost the entire pipeline – infrastructure – of how we turn oil into stuff that we use. They make real contributions to the country. Are those contributions good? I mean, that’s the question right? Do we need these guys?
If we actually charged them the costs that they impose on us, would they really be profitable? And if they’re not really profitable, are they really a business we should look up to? Are they real capitalists? Or are they just cheaters who are stealing from the rest of us in health and in costs and in land? Are they just cheaters? That’s the question.