Vast, Right-Wing Conspiracy
A term used by Hillary Clinton, which like politically Incorrect is sneered at by libertarians. Hillary was wrong: there are several publicly documented, vast, right-wing conspiracies, aimed at corporatism, movement conservatism, plutocracy, and theocracy, each with their respective billionaire sponsors. Koch, Scaife, Ahmundson, Coors, Murdoch, etc. Not to mention international kleptocractic money laundering conspiracies, which may have put Trump in office by laundering campaign donations through the NRA. The Kochtopus is probably foremost among them in the US, and the Mont Pelerin Society globally. Libertarians are among the cat's-paws of these conspiracies.
These drive the right-wing narrative with a vast array of think-tanks, media, public relations, and corporate lobbyists. They may not particularly agree on social or religious issues, but they all hold the same libertarian economic positions that privilege the first-class citizens (corporations and the very rich.) Astroturf is their home turf, and they have spent billions to push their propaganda and influence.
They have captured the US Republican Party through an ingenious but simple strategem. Provide talking points, activist plans and campaign contributions to the most telegenic (but stupid) candidates that can be found. These candidates are dependent on this right-wing welfare, because they have no ideas of their own. Would-be candidates with their own ideas can be easily crushed in the primaries for very little campaign financing. The talking points and activist ideas are provided by part of the vast network of right wing think tanks that has been developed over the past half century, such as ALEC. People who want to diverge from orthodoxy are shut off from money, ideas, publicity, and other support, and quietly disappear. This has caused a problem with Republican voters because they actually want to vote for something other than what the orthodox candidate supports. That's why they are helpless against Trump: he can use more popular ideas than right wing orthodoxy permits, and they can't shut him off.
At this point, these relatively open political conspiracies are historically very well documented by mainstream historians and journalists.
- Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right (book, online) (2 links)
- When libertarian ideas proved decidedly unpopular with voters, the Koch brothers and their allies chose another path. If they pooled their vast resources, they could fund an interlocking array of organizations that could work in tandem to influence and ultimately control academic institutions, think tanks, the courts, statehouses, Congress, and, they hoped, the presidency.
- 1996 “Structure of Social Change” by Koch Industries Executive VP Richard Fink [More...]
- The document that describes the 3-phase plan the Kochs have followed successfully for the past 30+ years. (a) Create intellectual raw materials with scholars. (2) Apply these ideas to the real world with think tanks. (3) Create activist groups and fund politicians to use the think tank proposals to convince the electorate and enact laws. Billions have been spent on this wingnut welfare, with great success. Just look at the Federalist Society majority on the Supreme Court.
- Kochtopus (69 links)
- An umbrella term for a huge number of organizations and publications founded, funded, or controlled by Charles and David Koch over roughly 40 years. It includes most of the libertarian organizations and publications you've heard of: the Libertarian Party, the Cato Institute, Reason Magazine, State Policy Network, etc. and many major conservative organizations such as ALEC.
- Mont Pelerin Society (5 links)
- An international organization founded by Friedrich von Hayek to promote neoliberalism. Where the Koch brothers found their kindred spirits. One of the many vast, right-wing Conspiracies.
- Investor-State Dispute Settlement (2 links)
- A part of trade agreements that creates private kangaroo courts for corporations to sue governments. Part of the libertarian/neoliberal agenda to privatize power by giving corporations the whip hand over democratically elected governments.
- Cyberlibertarianism: The Extremist Foundations of ‘Digital Freedom’ [More...]
- An analysis of the ideology of cyberlibertarianism, placing it within the neoliberal thought collective along with classical liberalism, neoliberalism, and libertarianism. A must read!
- Cyberlibertarians’ Digital Deletion of the Left [More...]
- "We put faith in a technocratic progressivism that does not clearly emerge from leftist foundations and that, without close and careful work, is unlikely to support those foundations. Most worryingly, we put aside active efforts to solve social problems and advance leftist perspectives by giving in to a technological form of magical thinking that is the opposite of engaged political action."
- Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America (book, online) (8 links)
- “This sixty-year campaign to make libertarianism mainstream and eventually take the government itself is at the heart of Democracy in Chains. . . . If you're worried about what all this means for America's future, you should be” – NPR
- How American Businessmen Made Us Believe that Free Enterprise was Indivisible from American Democracy: The National Association of Manufacturers’ Propaganda Campaign 1935–1940 [More...]
- "Oreskes, Conway and Tyson ask a deceptively simple question: how did so many Americanscome to believe that economic and political freedoms are indivisible from one another? ... The program offers a case study in corporate propaganda." Chapter 4 of The Disinformation Age: Politics, Technology, and Disruptive Communication in the United States.
- How Corporate America Invented Christian America [More...]
- The origin of Christian libertarianism as a National Association of Manufacturers public relations campaign to oppose The New Deal and its programs.
- How Libertarian Ideas And Attitudes Are Spread (62 links)
- The spread of libertarianism is not due to some "truth" or intrinsic goodness. Libertarianism would have stayed a fringe belief were it not for enormous public relations programs financed for generations by the extremely wealthy.
- How The Theocratic Right Wing Guarantees Its Legacy: Grooming Future Judges [More...]
- "There really is a vast right-wing conspiracy with no separation between the so-called libertarian wing and the theocratic wing. Not only do they coordinate at the top levels, but they are also actively working to inculcate young people with their view that there is no barrier between church and state by actively pursuing law students and offering them a paid fellowship to learn how to bend American law and the constitution to suit a fundamentalist Christian world view."
- It Took Decades, But The Anti-New Deal Crusaders Have Triumphed [More...]
- "But law and economics as a scholarly approach would have had a much more limited impact if it were not for another product of right-wing philanthropy: the Federalist Society, a club for right-wing law students that would produce reliable ideological cadres to staff positions in the courts and state and federal bureaucracies to help put these ideas into practice."
- Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America (book, online) (1 link)
- An extensive documentation of the crime, political corruption, and extensive harms the Kochs have visited on the United States and the world.
- Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics (book, online)
- "Based on archival research and interviews with leading participants in the movement, Masters of the Universe traces the ascendancy of neoliberalism from the academy of interwar Europe to supremacy under Reagan and Thatcher and in the decades since."
- Meet the New Kochs: The DeVos Clan's Plan to Defund the Left [More...]
- "The DeVoses sit alongside the Kochs, the Bradleys, and the Coorses as founding families of the modern conservative movement. Since 1970, DeVos family members have invested at least $200 million in a host of right-wing causes—think tanks, media outlets, political committees, evangelical outfits, and a string of advocacy groups."
- Meet The Other Billionaire Brothers Funding Right-Wing Causes [More...]
- "Fracking billionaires Farris and Dan Wilks are using their wealth to fund ultra-religious right wing anti-gay, anti-choice groups."
- Mr. Anonymous and the Not-So-Spontaneous Birth of the Libertarian Movement [More...]
- William Volker, alias "Mr. Anonymous", was one of the first major plutocratic funders of what has developed into libertarianism. Tens of billions of dollars have been spent on this centrally planned propaganda blitz over 60+ years.
- Nullification, Neo-Confederates, and the Revenge of the old Right [More...]
- "Behind the recent surge of nullification bills in state legislatures there is an ongoing battle for the soul of the GOP—and the future of the union itself. The nullification movement’s ideology is rooted in reverence for states’ rights and a theocratic and neo-Confederate interpretation of U.S. history. And Ron Paul, who is often portrayed as a libertarian, is the engine behind the movement."
- One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America (book, online) (1 link)
- "We're often told that the United States is, was, and always has been a Christian nation. But in One Nation Under God, historian Kevin M. Kruse reveals that the belief that America is fundamentally and formally Christian originated in the 1930s." Spread by businessmen as corporate propaganda opposing The New Deal.
- Political Research Associates [More...]
- "Political Research Associates is a progressive think tank devoted to supporting movements that are building a more just and inclusive democratic society. We expose movements, institutions, and ideologies that undermine human rights."
- Republic of Science or Empire of Ideology? [More...]
- Koch is making a sustained, multi-hundred-million dollar effort to push the academic economics profession toward a libertarian ideology. This is a "Republic of Science" to the same degree that North Korea is a "Democratic People's Republic of Korea".
- Rightward, Ho! Ten Top Funders Behind the Surging Libertarian Movement [More...]
- "This overview of libertarian funders has only focused on those operating through transparent foundations. But lots of money flows to libertarian causes outside of those channels. Cato, for example, relies heavily on individual donations from wealthy individuals and this money can be harder to track. Much of it comes from donors in the financial world. "
- Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty (book, online)
- The first biography of the 4 Koch brothers and their rise to billionaire plutocracy. Explains the interlocking system of domination of the political apparatus by Charles and David.
- Study Confirms Tea Party Was Created by Big Tobacco and Pollutocrat Kochs [More...]
- "A new academic study confirms that front groups with longstanding ties to the tobacco industry and the billionaire Koch brothers planned the formation of the Tea Party movement more than a decade before it exploded onto the U.S. political scene. Far from a genuine grassroots uprising, this astroturf effort was curated by wealthy industrialists years in advance."
- The Brothers Koch: Family Drama and Disdain for Democracy [More...]
- For the Kochs, buying our democracy, and maybe killing it is pure self-interest. A favorable review of Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty.
- The Free-Market Al-Qaeda: Neoliberal Think Tanks and the Harm They Do [More...]
- How a a small group of “free-market” ideologues consciously set out 40 years ago to marketize everything public. Includes a list of 12 right-wing philanthropic foundations that set out in the 1960’s to overturn a century’s accumulation of progressive public policy.
- The Koch Brothers' Best Investment [More...]
- How a $40 million political outlay yields a $420 million tax cut for each Koch brother alone. Not to mention the numerous others who contributed smaller amounts.
- The Koch Network and Republican Party Extremism [More...]
- "[T]he recently expanded “Koch network” that coordinates big money funders, idea producers, issue advocates, and innovative constituency-building efforts in an ongoing effort to pull the Republican Party and agendas of U.S. politics sharply to the right."
- The True History of Libertarianism in America: A Phony Ideology to Promote a Corporate Agenda [More...]
- "Before Milton Friedman was earning plaudits as an economic genius, he was a shill for the real estate industry and an early pioneer for big business propaganda known as libertarianism."
- Theocracy and White Supremacy:Behind the Culture War to Restore Traditional Values [More...]
- "The goal of many leaders of this ultraconservative religious movement is imposing a narrow theological agenda on secular society. The predominantly Christian leadership envisions a religiously-based authoritarian society; therefore we prefer to describe this movement as the 'theocratic right.'"
- Why and How the Koch Network Uses Disinformation to Thwart Democracy [More...]
- The most complete (yet succinct) overview of how the Kochs made their libertarianism, a tiny fringe movement, succeed in changing our political climate and beliefs. Chapter 5 of The Disinformation Age: Politics, Technology, and Disruptive Communication in the United States.
Thus despite, for example, the dogmatic insistence on “spontaneous order” as the exclusive result of market-based transactions -- transactions that in core neoliberal dogma are said to be the only permissible form of social planning -- the social policies pursued by the MPS [Mont Pelerin Society] and its outer shells [libertarianism, classical liberalism, etc.] are often exquisitely planned, anything but spontaneous, and have nothing to do with any market.
David Golumbia, "Cyberlibertarianism: The Extremist Foundations of ‘Digital Freedom’"
Neoliberals in the innermost shell (like the Koch brothers) use libertarians at farther removes (like the Tea Party) not always to realize their agenda directly, but to push political discourse to the hard right.
David Golumbia, "Cyberlibertarians’ Digital Deletion of the Left"
Libertarianism is supposed to be all about principles, but what it’s really about is political expedience. It’s basically a corporate front, masked as a philosophy.
Thomas Frank in Jane Mayer, "Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right" pg. 123.
… Libertarians’ delight in considering themselves rough-and-tumble, independent thinkers. I can’t help noticing however, that their fierce independent thinking often matches perfectly with powerful business and corporate interests.
John Jackson, "Frank Chodorov: Scrappy Libertarian, Crappy Oracle"
Tens, perhaps hundreds of billions of dollars, hundreds of millions of books, hundreds of journals, dozens of universities, tens of thousands of people and thousands of professorships, and so on in a network touching virtually everyone in the "Western Democracies" -- all of it centrally planned, all of it subsidized, none of it capable of existing by itself in the commercial marketplace or in the "marketplace of ideas" and all of it failing dozens of times until hooked into the river of cash produced by the simple subsidies of the rich designed to derail the "free" evolution of ideas as they were actually proceeding... is there any such example in all of human history of a "movement" so far at odds with its own self-proclaimed "principles"?
Anaxarchos (pseudonym), "Mr. Anonymous and the Not-So-Spontaneous Birth of the Libertarian Movement"
As with much libertarian posturing what they say and how they act are two different things. The libertarians are owned (whether they know it or not) by a group of super wealthy capitalists (Scaife, Koch, Walton, Coors, Mars, etc.). They get their ideologically motivated followers to spew things about "free" markets and maximizing profits, but all this is a cover for their true agenda -- making them even richer.
Robert Feinman, commenting in "What obligation? Maximise what?"