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Forum Post: Right-nut funding networks conspiracy thwarts American prosperity

Posted 4 months ago on May 17, 2017, 9:25 a.m. EST by gsw (3017) from Woodbridge Township, NJ
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Additional info.... http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/41206-misinforming-the-majority-a-deliberate-strategy-of-right-wing-libertarians update 7/17 Milton Friedman was a kindred spirit to James McGill Buchanan in terms of a philosophy of deconstruction of the government. (Photo: Wikipedia)

When and how were the seeds sown for the modern far-right's takeover of American politics? Nancy MacLean reveals the deep and troubling roots of this secretive political establishment -- and its decades-long plan to change the rules of democratic governance -- in her new book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America. Get your copy by making a donation to Truthout now!

Many individuals who follow politics and journalists think that the right-wing playbook began with the Koch brothers. However, in her groundbreaking book, Nancy MacLean traces their political strategy to a Southern economist who created the foundation for today's libertarian oligarchy in the 1950s.



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[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 months ago

''Talent Market: The Libertarian Headhunting Firm Serving the Koch Network and the Bradley Foundation'', by David Armiak:

''How the Koch-Backed Effort to Privatize the Veterans Health Administration Jeopardizes Everyone's Health Care Future'', by Candice Bernd:

caveat emptor ..

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 months ago

''Donors Trust''? I ask mainly because your link wouldn't open for me. Ergo fyi:

e tenebris ...

[-] 1 points by gsw (3017) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 2 months ago

Yes,..... " Thirty gigabytes of Bradley Foundation internal documents hacked by a group named Anonymous Poland reveal that after a $200 million influx of cash in late 2012 from the trust of Caroline Bradley, Lynde’s wife, the Bradley Foundation geared up to fund networks of conservative think tanks, legal centers, candidate recruitment organizations, media outlets and advocacy groups in 13 states, based on the foundation’s successful efforts in Wisconsin. The foundation had already laid the groundwork for a welfare-to-work program and a private school voucher system and defended GOP Gov. Scott Walker in a campaign finance probe, helping him survive a recall election prompted by his dismantling of public-sector unions."

With $845 million in assets at the end of 2015, the Bradley Foundation rivals the several Koch family foundations in size and in grants disbursed. That year, the Bradley Foundation gave out nearly $49 million in gifts and grants, while four Koch foundations and the nonprofit Charles Koch Institute donated close to $58 million. Both families give to many of the same national conservative organizations, including the corporate bill mill the American Legislative Exchange Council and right-wing think tanks the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute, as well as to several additional think tanks that the Kochs founded such as the libertarian Cato Institute and the George Mason University-based Mercatus Center. From 2011 to 2015, the Bradley Foundation has given $550,000 to the Kochs’ Americans for Prosperity Foundation, the sister group of the brothers’ most well-known political nonprofit, Americans for Prosperity.

Both families also contribute huge amounts to higher education, often donating funds to support libertarian economics professors and academic centers devoted to free market economics. The Charles Koch Foundation is a profound donor to colleges and universities, having dished out hundreds of millions of dollars to higher ed programs that advance the Kochs’ laissez-faire economic ideology. Likewise, the Bradley Foundation has devoted well over $100 million toward like-minded professors, programs and graduate fellowships at universities, including $13.7 million to Marquette University and $9.2 million to Harvard University from 1986 to 2013, according to ConservativeTransparency.org.

Documents reveal a powerful, secretive foundation’s blueprint for spreading right-wing ideology, state by state Meet the Bradley Foundation, giving the Koch brothers a run for their money. ALEX KOTCH, ALTERNET SKIP TO COMMENTS

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 months ago

The Bradleys, Kochs, Waltons, Trumps & a whole bunch of others prove .. as if proof was required, that U$A is no longer a democracy! Thanx for copying that link. It is an important - if disturbing link. Also fyi:

caveat ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

''A Despot in Disguise: One Man's Mission to Rip Up Democracy'' more on James McGill Buchanan

multum in parvo ...

[-] 1 points by gsw (3017) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 3 days ago

Seems we have an oligarchy, as evidenced by Trump, being our chief and commander. Ironic sad

New investigations by Daniel Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Mary Bottari of the Center for Media and Democracy analyze hacked internal documents, which reveal that much like the Koch network, the Bradley Foundation has launched a national strategy to help conservatives control the branches of state governments and alter state policy to lower taxes, shrink government and attack labor unions. The Bradley Foundation, which has historically supported taxpayer-funded “school choice” initiatives and work requirements for welfare recipients, is named after Lynde and Harry Bradley, two brothers who founded the profitable factory automation manufacturer Allen Bradley Co. After Lynde’s death in 1942, the Allen-Bradley Foundation was established. When Allen Bradley was sold to Rockwell International in 1985 for $1.7 billion, the foundation’s assets ballooned and it became the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation as it added a focus on promoting the brothers’ conservative ideology on a national scale. Thirty gigabytes of Bradley Foundation internal documents hacked by a group named Anonymous Poland reveal that after a $200 million influx of cash in late 2012 from the trust of Caroline Bradley, Lynde’s wife, the Bradley Foundation geared up to fund networks of conservative think tanks, legal centers, candidate recruitment organizations, media outlets and advocacy groups in 13 states, based on the foundation’s successful efforts in Wisconsin. The foundation had already laid the groundwork for a welfare-to-work program and a private school voucher system and defended GOP Gov. Scott Walker in a campaign finance probe, helping him survive a recall election prompted by his dismantling of public-sector unions.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

''It's Time to Restore and Strengthen the Voting Rights Act'', by Tamara Power-Drutis:

respice, adspice, prospice ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

''The Corruption of the Law'', by Chris Hedges:

''Our constitutional rights have steadily been stripped from us by judicial fiat. The Fourth Amendment reads: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” Yet our telephone calls and texts, emails and financial, judicial and medical records, along with every website we visit and our physical travels, can be and commonly are tracked, recorded, photographed and stored in government computer banks.

''The executive branch can order the assassination of U.S. citizens without trial. It can deploy the military into the streets to quell civil unrest under Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and seize citizens—seizures that are in essence acts of extraordinary rendition—and hold them indefinitely in military detention centers while denying them due process.

''Corporate campaign contributions, which largely determine who gets elected, are viewed by the courts as protected forms of free speech under the First Amendment. Corporate lobbying, which determines most of our legislation, is interpreted as the people’s right to petition the government. Corporations are legally treated as persons except when they carry out fraud and other crimes; the heads of corporations routinely avoid being charged and going to prison by paying fines, usually symbolic and pulled from corporate accounts, while not being forced to admit wrongdoing. And corporations have rewritten the law to orchestrate a massive tax boycott.''

fiat justitia ruat caelum ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 5 days ago

Tho' for OWS, Chris Hedges can get it .. VERY wrong some times!

Resisting any Alt Right, Nazi, KKK types is NEVER...ever - wrong!

verb. sat. sap. ...

[-] 1 points by flip (7101) 5 days ago

ok true but the violence of any antifa resistance does not help would you agree

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 5 days ago

Faced with AltRight, KKK, Nazis ... there is NO option but to confront and resist them .. by ANY means necessary! These people must NEVER be allowed to assemble & organize in the streets, without active resistance!! Adolph Hitler knew this very well and said - that IF the early Nazis & SA had been beaten in The Streets .. the Nazis would not have succeeded!!! I see NO moral or any kind of equivalence between AltRight Nazi Scum and the people standing up to them.A few angry anarchist balaclava'ed Black Block types up for a ruck, are peripheral and I have little criticism of them either because I fkn hate Nazis! Mitt Romney was right on this matter too btw. Finally fyi - I'll spare you any of the videos of RWNJs violently attacking those out to protest their hate b-s & simply limit myself to the article by Jason Wilson, below:

He's a RW Billionaire Oligarch for sure but even broken clocks get to be correct twice a day. No body is either perfect or infallible but sadly Chris Hedges got it spectacularly wrong on this one but won't retract!

AltRight, KKK Nazi scum went to Charlottesville with violent intent & with a TikiTorch Parade redolent of Nuremburg 1938 & any number of KKK rallies & lynchings.I've ZERO tolerance for such people.Their 1A ''Right'' also comes with Responsibilities but they'll never understand that & there's NO duty to give them either succour or platform. Do not ever fall for US MSM's utterly false and self-serving ''AltLeft'' horseshit!

The real, activist ''Left'' in U$A is tiny but sadly - there are far more KKK mthrfkrs than you'd believe, tbh! Finally,"the violence of any antifa resistance" is tiny & reactive. Amplifying it is RW MSM's job.To resist these Nazis & RW MSM; is our job. Fence sitting will only give us Nazi ''Alt-Piles"; NOT an option, imo!

ad iudicium ...

[-] 1 points by flip (7101) 5 days ago

yes yes yes i am not a pacifist but using violence doesn't help our cause seems to me. no disagreement about the alt right and the fake alt left - that is not my point. mlk was right in letting the world see the dogs and hoses of bull connor without fighting back. the question is how the whole thing is being viewed by those who we must reach. showing the violence of the right will do that - not showing violence on both sides. the picture of the black women leading the poor frightened kkk man out of harms way is what we need to show.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 days ago

Faced with KKK, Nazi, AltRight, Fascist Goons; those who are "using violence"; mostly in self-defence, will always be vilified and misrepresented by a Corporate MSM, wholly owned by a militaristic Oligarchy that fears AntiFa much more than it condemns Fascists! We can't help how it looks or "is being viewed" by conservative viewers but I get what U say.Further to my links above, please consider this excellent 2 part video report from DemocracyNow! ...

ipsa scientia potestas est ...

[-] 1 points by flip (7101) 4 days ago

i watch amy every morning 8-9 so i saw those live. she is very good. as i said i am mainly concerned with how it looks to those we need to reach. those who are on our side but don't always know it or speak out. we have the majority for sure on almost every issue but have to create the public pressure that makes the political system react. i saw it first hand in the early 60's on tv and through the reaction of the adults around me. they were not racists at all - far from it but seemed to accept the status quo for black people. but not when they were getting beaten for marching peacefully. that was too much to see on tv.

as an aside mayda is a russian jew - had a single grandmother who agitated for unions and more. saw her picture in a pbs doc about the movement for unions in the 20's and 30's. a number of her mother's friends fought in spain against franco. those people knew about nazis. very interesting to hear their stories and what they think now

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 weeks ago

''Kansas' .. Kris Kobach Confirms He is a Paid Columnist For Breitbart'' - by Joe DePaolo:

Kansas' Kris KKKobach is a very dangerous Xtrm-RW, GOP p-o-s! Also fyi: http://convergence2017.org/

caveat ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

''Bannon's Ouster Welcomed but Much Bigger Problem Remains in White House: Trump!'', by Jake Johnson:

spero meliora ...

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33123) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 months ago

You know what is frighteningly interesting about that? Red states have been fucking with the education system for decades - result = southern companies have been hiring from non-red-states for decades - because of the educational gap = red state population raised to be idiots to support those with their feet on their necks = astonishingly successful program of raising idiots who will believe anything republicans tell them even though if reality were checked (simple as looking at who introduced legislation and then voted for it) it would show those republicans in office as blatant liars and the cause of the working class's ills - most especially in red states ! But - insanity still rules the republican supporters - they still think that Drumpf is draining the swamp instead of expanding it - How Delusional Is THAT ?

[-] 1 points by agkaiser (1785) from Fredericksburg, TX 2 months ago

Racism, sexism, xenophobia and homophobia win the hearts and "minds" of the imbeciles of the conservative base.

[-] 1 points by grapes (4961) 2 months ago

The cannival will go on. Young people, old people, even babies are all eating 'dog meat'. It's tradition.