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

Posted 2 months ago on May 17, 2017, 9:25 a.m. EST by gsw (3015) 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 weeks 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) 1 month ago

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

e tenebris ...

[-] 1 points by gsw (3015) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 1 week 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) 5 days 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 DKAtoday (33083) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 week 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 (1716) from Fredericksburg, TX 1 week ago

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

[-] 1 points by grapes (4916) 1 week ago

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