Try to imagine Glenn Beck pulling out his chalkboard and detailing a conspiracy theory the way you see above. Only this time, it's not too convoluted, it utilizes two arrows to illustrate the conspiracy, only this time the focus of the conspiracy is not the funding machine behind The Great Liberal-Socialist-Communist-Fascist-Satanist Conspiracy, it's the funding machine behind the group that pretty much appointed Glenn Beck as their pied piper - the Teabaggers. It's pretty simple:
Tea Party>Koch Family>Joe Stalin
Here are the details:
The Roots of Stalin in the Tea Party Movement
April 17, 2010 |
The comrades were good to the Kochs. Today Koch Industries has grown into the second-largest private company in America. With an annual revenue of $100 billion, the company was just $6.3 billion shy of first place in 2008. Ownership is kept strictly in the family, with the company being split roughly between brothers Charles and David Koch, who are worth about $20 billion apiece and are infamous as the largest sponsors of right-wing causes. They bankroll scores of free-market and libertarian think tanks, institutes and advocacy groups. Greenpeace estimates that the Koch family shelled out $25 million from 2005 to 2008 funding the "climate denial machine," which means they outspent Exxon Mobile three to one.
I first learned about the Kochs in February 2009, when my colleague Mark Ames and I were looking into the strange origins of the then-nascent Tea Party movement. Our investigation led us again and again to a handful of right-wing advocacy groups directly tied to the Kochs. We were the first to connect the dots and debunk the Tea Party movement's "grassroots" front, exposing it as billionaire-backed astroturf campaign run by free-market advocacy groups FreedomWorks and Americans For Prosperity, both of which are closely linked to the Koch brothers.
But the Tea Party movement -- and the Koch family's obscene wealth -- go back more than half a century, all the way to grandpa Fredrick C. Koch, one of the founding members of the far-right John Birch Society which was convinced that socialism was taking over America through unions, colored people, Jews, homosexuals, the Kennedys and even Dwight D. Eisenhower.
So this was Uncle Joe's master plan? The destruction of our culture through funding xenophobic wing-nut paranoia? Damn, it's working!
Seriously, the link in the third paragraph of the article above is a brilliant expose of just how "grassroots" the Teabagging organization really is. I'll write more about that next week.