Breaking democracy in US: The obnoxious Koch brothers: billionaires working against public transport and transit projects.

This long investigative article in the New York Times identifies two banal and pernicious democracy-breakers in the US - the moronic Koch brothers - and how they use their money to sway voters. One of their activist movements - named, as ever, in Orwellian terms -- "Americans for Prosperity" - is working to advance conservative causes at the expense of the public interest. As the article says: "At the heart of their effort is a network of activists who use a sophisticated data service built by the Kochs, called i360, that helps them identify and rally voters who are inclined to their worldview. It is a particularly powerful version of the technologies used by major political parties."  Yuch...

It goes on... "Public transit, Americans for Prosperity says, goes against the liberties that Americans hold dear. “If someone has the freedom to go where they want, do what they want,” Ms. Venable said, “they’re not going to choose public transit.” The Kochs’ opposition to transit spending stems from their longstanding free-market, libertarian philosophy. It also dovetails with their financial interests, which benefit from automobiles and highways......"One of the mainstay companies of Koch Industries, the Kochs’ conglomerate, is a major producer of gasoline and asphalt, and also makes seatbelts, tires and other automotive parts. Even as Americans for Prosperity opposes public investment in transit, it supports spending tax money on highways and roads." And there you have the real story.

These billionaire jack-booted imbeciles (and they can crush and abuse those who try to stand up to them) are breaking democratic values by hijacking and abusing the democratic process. This action - and others like it - is a perfect example of what it means for democracy to have an auto-immune disease. Once again the values underpinning fraternity, community and the public interest, become the whipping boy of indoctrinated and radicalised voters, voting against their real long-term interests. “Everything we do is very scientific, very data-based, very numbers-based,” said Mr. Chougule, the Americans for Prosperity policy director. “We are able to see who are the people that are most likely to engage on this issue, who are the people most aligned with us that we need to get out, and who are the people whose minds we can change.”

The fact is, they're employed by big business to destroy a sense of community and fraternity that is already in danger of being totally eroded. As one poll in Nashville showed - before the Koch's got going - two-thirds of voters supported paying higher taxes to pay for a new transit system. Don't ask...

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Tweedledee and Tweedledumb - the Koch brothers. Sinister and still pulling the strings.