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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-13-11 02:33 PM
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Plutocracy with a Pleasant Philanthropic Face /

Not all plutocrats scheme in the shadows like the rabidly right-wing Koch brothers. We need to learn how to recognize plutocracys more subtle putches. The best primer? The battle over educations future.

Plutocracy first burst big-time into our national political consciousness in the late 19th century, and the concept still conjures up today, well over a century later, much the same images as way back then.

We envision, at any mention of plutocrat, some Wall Street banker, his pockets overflowing with greenbacks, or a robber baron industrialist, muttering the public be damned while bribing pols with one hand and busting unions with the other.

Some of our present-day plutocrats the billionaire Koch brothers, for instance fit this image quite nicely. Koch-like plutocrats slide in and out of the shadows, bankrolling our societys most reactionary and repulsive politicos, all the while railing against unions and taxes and government regulation.

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