We have all wondered, “What in the world is wrong with these people?” And for that we usually we get no answers. But a book by Jane Mayer soon to come out gives us at least some clues as to how the world’s biggest assholes became that way.
The father of the billionaires Charles G. and David H. Koch helped construct a major oil refinery in Nazi Germany that was personally approved by Adolf Hitler, according to a new history of the Kochs and other wealthy families.
The book, “Dark Money,” by Jane Mayer, traces the rise of the modern conservative movement through the activism and money of a handful of rich donors: among them Richard Mellon Scaife, an heir to the Mellon banking fortune, and Harry and Lynde Bradley, brothers who became wealthy in part from military contracts but poured millions into anti-government philanthropy.
But the book is largely focused on the Koch family, stretching back to its involvement in the far-right John Birch Society and the political and business activities of the father, Fred C. Koch, who found some of his earliest business success overseas in the years leading up to World War II. One venture was a partnership with the American Nazi sympathizer William Rhodes Davis, who, according to Ms. Mayer, hired Mr. Koch to help build the third-largest oil refinery in the Third Reich, a critical industrial cog in Hitler’s war machine.
I hadn’t heard about that, had you? That Pater Koch played a crucial early role in the ascendancy of Nazi industrialism? I don’t remember the billionaire brothers bragging about that. One would be interested to see the reaction of, say, AIPAC, the Israel-or-Die lobby, upon learning Poppy Koch was a Nazi partner. Especially given AIPAC’s historic propensity to give the brothers conciliatory handjobs after they sell Iran piles of big-ticket industrial machinery.
But. Then. This is even better:
— Bae Talese (@elongreen) January 12, 2016
Little Charlie getting his butt scoured red by a Jew-hating lunatic. I don’t imagine that would have any lasting effect on a man.