The Koch Brothers are 2016

Koch Brothers 2016 Election

Dark money — and the ultimate human representation of dark money, that being the Koch Brothers — should probably terrify you. You can ultimately look at this in 1 of 2 ways, best I can tell:

  • To have a set of 2-3 people and their network throwing so much money at the political process basically defeats the idea of the political process.
  • They’re rich, and whatever you think about how they got rich, they earned the ability to do what they want with their money. Being rich doesn’t always physically mean you have a lot of money; it means you have flexibility with your time and decisions, give or take.

I tend to gravitate towards No. 1 above. But there’s some more bad news. 

Following this bouncing ball:

You can write entire books on money in politics — heck, people have done that — and this is but a simple blog post. I’m not trying to change the world here; I’m just ruminating on something.

Even if you look at the idea of “The Koch Brothers” as really a network of 300 or so people, that’s still about 0.000001 percent of the United States funneling a billion dollars into a Presidential election cycle and having a drastic play around its outcome. I personally think the GOP side doesn’t look great right now — in terms of candidate possibilities or their Electoral College layout — but still, lest we forget the words of Sean Parker:

When you see ideas like this or this around inequality and you scoff at it — or you have the attitude like “Well, the rich earned that money, so they can play with it!” — I think you’re a seriously misguided person. I don’t people it’s the responsibility of society to be completely equal — that’s a utopia — but I do believe more than 300 or so people should be drastically impacting the 2016 elections. Or, at the very least, could we base these things more on ideas than money?


Ted Bauer