Discovering the four Koch Brothers – Part 3/3

Besides the Bloomberg report on the Koch brothers’ crimes, there is the Koch brothers’ campaign against global warming.

According to the environmentalist group Greenpeace, organizations that the Koch brothers help fund such as Americans for Prosperity, the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute and the Manhattan Institute have been active in questioning anthropogenic global warming (environmental pollution and pollutants caused by human activity).

Jane Mayer wrote in The New Yorker  that, “Greenpeace issued a report identifying the company as a ‘kingpin of climate science denial.’  The report showed that, from 2005 to 2008, the Koch brothers vastly outdid Exxon Mobil in giving money to organizations fighting legislation related to climate change, underwriting a huge network of foundations, think tanks, and political front groups.

“Indeed, the brothers have funded opposition campaigns against so many Obama Administration policies—from health-care reform to the economic-stimulus program—that, in political circles, their ideological network is known as the Kochtopus.”


Watch Rush Limbaugh defend his buddies, the Koch brothers.
Rush Limbaugh’s net worth is $350 million.

Where did the Koch wealth come from that is now funding an assault on America’s democracy?

Between 1929 and 1932, Fred C. Koch (1900 – 1967) was paid $5 million dollars by Stalin’s Soviet government to built 15 cracking units for the USSR’s oil industry. Fred then returned to the US and used Stalin’s money to built Koch Industries, one of the most successful oil companies in US history. (Note: $5 million dollars in 1932 is equal to $81,329,760.40 today)

During his time in the Soviet Union, Koch came to despise communism and Joseph Stalin’s regime, writing in his 1960 book, A Business Man Looks at Communism, that he found the Soviet Union to be “a land of hunger, misery, and terror”.

I cannot argue with what Fred Koch discovered in Russia. If you have seen the BBC documentary Behind Closed Doors, you would have to agree too. But Stalin has been dead since 1953, and Russia has not been a communist country since 1991—twenty-one years.

In fact, there are four current communist/socialist countries: The People’s Republic of China, Republic of Cuba, Lao People’s Democratic Republic and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. And all of these countries have adopted capitalist economic policies. North Korea is no longer a communist country. The Workers’ Party of (North) Korea removed and disavowed all Marxist-Leninist and communist references in the constitution and government.

However, back in the United States, Fred Koch was a founding member of the John Birch Society, and he claimed that the Democratic and Republican Parties were infiltrated by the Communist Party, and he supported Mussolini’s suppression of communists. He wrote that “The colored man looms large in the Communist plan to take over America,” and that “Welfare was a secret plot to attract rural blacks to cities, where they would foment a vicious race war.”

Fred Koch had four sons to carry on his political legacy: Frederick R. Koch (net worth of $25 billion), Charles G. Koch ($31 billion), David H. Koch ($25 billion) and William I. Koch ($4 billion).

After their father died, the brothers fought over the family fortune for almost twenty years to see who would control the wealth.

So, are you a patsy for the Koch brothers?

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Lloyd Lofthouse, a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, is the award winning author of The Concubine Saga.

His latest novel is Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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