Drew Rodgers

I live in Norway with my wife, Inger, and our cat T.J. Maxx and teach International Business Communications at Oslo University College School of Business.

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Democracy or Oligarchy

If the Koch brothers and their right wing conspirators have their way, the US could wind up becoming an oligarchy. If you doubt my assertion, please read Nancy McLean’s “Democracy in Chains,” which sheds light on the movement toward oligarchy. By the way the US is already on the slippery slope away from democracy and is currently ranked 21st among democratic nations due to gerrymandering, voting restrictions, election fraud and big money in politics. The Koch brothers’ conspirators provide us with ample proof of their aims. Here are some samples:

Mitt Romney’s famous “47% of voters are leeches on productive Americans.” (211)* The Koch brothers and their like feel that most Americans should not vote and support the 180 proposals initiated in 41 states to limit voter participation.

“Public provision for popular needs not only violates the liberty of the taxpayers whose earnings are transferred to others, but also violates of the recipients’ spiritual need to earn their own sustenance.” (213)–Paul Ryan. How polluted is my soul in receiving the social security for which I have paid?

“School lunch programs left children with a full stomach and an empty soul.” (213) A full stomach is a prerequisite for concentration in the classroom and actually learning something. But as we know, the far right is against public schools because the pupils might learn the “wrong things” especially the difference between real news and fake news. Betsy DeVos is doing everything she can to prevent dangerous public schools by replacing them with private schools where the owners can control the curricula.

The courts should be made to “make the protection and enhancement of corporate profits and wealth the cornerstone of our legal system.”(126)–Lewis J. Powell

Unions have been described as “bank robbers.” That could be true, but is not as onerous as Kochites would like us to believe. Unions are “taking” money to provide decent salaries and working conditions. If that is robbery, unions should hit more “banks.”

The Koch brothers’ vision of free enterprise would virtually reduce the function of the state to providing law and order and a strong military and the individual would be left to cope for him/herself against a concentration of power in the hands of a few. Their vision and democracy are not compatible. The question is what do the rest of us think about their vision and what do we intend to do to defeat it?

*refers to the pages in “Democracy in Chains”

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