“Perhaps, the biggest winners of Citizens United are Charles and David Koch, owners of the second-largest privately run business in America Koch Industries. Among other things, the Koch brothers own oil refineries in Texas, Alaska, and Minnesota and control some 4,000 miles of pipeline.
“According to Forbes Magazine, the Koch brothers are now worth $80 billion, and have increased their wealth by $12 billion since last year alone. For the Koch brothers, $80 billion in wealth, apparently, is not good enough. Owning the second largest private company in America is, apparently, not good enough. It doesn’t appear that they will be satisfied until they are able to control the entire political process.
“It is well known that the Koch brothers have provided the major source of funding to the Tea Party and want to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In 1980, David Koch ran as the Libertarian Party’s vice-presidential candidate in 1980. Let’s take a look at the 1980 Libertarian Party platform. Here are just a few excerpts of the Libertarian Party platform that David Koch ran on in 1980:
- “We urge the repeal of federal campaign finance laws, and the immediate abolition of the despotic Federal Election Commission.’
- ‘We favor the abolition of Medicare and Medicaid programs.’
- ‘We oppose any compulsory insurance or tax-supported plan to provide health services, including those which finance abortion services.’
- ‘We also favor the deregulation of the medical insurance industry.’
- ‘We favor the repeal of the fraudulent, virtually bankrupt, and increasingly oppressive Social Security system. Pending that repeal, participation in Social Security should be made voluntary.’
- ‘We propose the abolition of the governmental Postal Service. The present system, in addition to being inefficient, encourages governmental surveillance of private correspondence. Pending abolition, we call for an end to the monopoly system and for allowing free competition in all aspects of postal service.’
- ‘We oppose all personal and corporate income taxation, including capital gains taxes.’
- ‘We support the eventual repeal of all taxation.’
- “As an interim measure, all criminal and civil sanctions against tax evasion should be terminated immediately.’
- ‘We support repeal of all law which impede the ability of any person to find employment, such as minimum wage laws.’
- ‘We advocate the complete separation of education and State. Government schools lead to the indoctrination of children and interfere with the free choice of individuals. Government ownership, operation, regulation, and subsidy of schools and colleges should be ended.’
- ‘We condemn compulsory education laws … and we call for the immediate repeal of such laws.’
- ‘We support the repeal of all taxes on the income or property of private schools, whether profit or non-profit.’
- ‘We support the abolition of the Environmental Protection Agency.’
- ‘We support abolition of the Department of Energy.’
- ‘We call for the dissolution of all government agencies concerned with transportation, including the Department of Transportation.’
- ‘We demand the return of America's railroad system to private ownership. We call for the privatization of the public roads and national highway system.’
- ‘We specifically oppose laws requiring an individual to buy or use so-called self-protection equipment such as safety belts, air bags, or crash helmets.’
- ‘We advocate the abolition of the Federal Aviation Administration.’
- ‘We advocate the abolition of the Food and Drug Administration.’
- ‘We support an end to all subsidies for child-bearing built into our present laws, including all welfare plans and the provision of tax-supported services for children.’
- ‘We oppose all government welfare, relief projects, and ‘aid to the poor’ programs. All these government programs are privacy-invading, paternalistic, demeaning, and inefficient. The proper source of help for such persons is the voluntary efforts of private groups and individuals.’
- ‘We call for the privatization of the inland waterways, and of the distribution system that brings water to industry, agriculture and households.’
- ‘We call for the repeal of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.’
- ‘We call for the abolition of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.’
- ‘We support the repeal of all state usury laws.’
“It is clear that the Koch brothers and other right wing billionaires are calling the shots and are pulling the strings of the Republican Party. And because of the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision, they now have the power to spend an unlimited amount of money to buy the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the next President of the United States...
“Our great nation can no longer be hijacked by right-wing billionaires like the Koch brothers. For the sake of our children and our grandchildren, for the sake of our economy, we have got to let democracy prevail.”
The free market theory caters to self-interested desires and profit to the detriment of other peoples’ lives, all the while promising “freedom and prosperity.” Free market principles advocate that the rich and poor should be taxed at the same flat rate, despite creating a vast inequity; that, for example, education, health care, retirement pensions, national parks (and most any function intrinsic to essential governing) become privatized; that publicly-owned companies, services and their assets be auctioned off to private investors; and that besides allocating vast amounts of wealth and resources from public to private ownership, that in the free market the transfer of private debts to the public sector while public ownership is systematically dismantled ironically continue... For further elaboration, please read Global Free Market: A Perspective and Admonition.