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Koch Industries: Summary. The second-largest private company in the United States, Koch Industries is also a conglomerate, whose subsidiary businesses operate in some of the world's most profitable markets.

Koch Industries: Summary

Given such a diverse portfolio, it's no surprise that the company has spent millions of dollars lobbying the federal government this past decade on a range of issues, from defense appropriations to financial regulatory reform. Koch's biggest industry, however, is petroleum refining -- OpenSecrets.org houses the company under the oil and gas industry -- and the bulk of their lobbying is related to energy issues. The company's lobbying totals skyrocketed in the two years since Democrats swept power in 2008, bringing with them a packed reform agenda that included legislation to establish a market based on carbon emissions.

Koch is also one of the Republican Party's most reliable donors. Profile for 2014 Election Cycle. Political activities of the Koch brothers. Charles Koch's file. The Koch Party. Only a few weeks into this midterm election year, the right-wing political zeppelin is fully inflated with secret cash and is firing malicious falsehoods at supporters of health care reform.

The Koch Party

As Carl Hulse of The Times reported recently, Democrats have been staggered by a $20 million advertising blitz produced by Americans for Prosperity, the conservative advocacy group organized and financed by the Koch brothers, billionaire industrialists. Tea Party Funded by Koch Brothers. Few in America had heard about the third-richest Americans, brothers David and Charles Koch, until just recently.

Tea Party Funded by Koch Brothers

Aside from David Koch’s gifts to the Lincoln Center in New York and the naming of a theater after him, few outside a small, elite circle would recognize the name or know how to pronounce it. (“Koch” as in “coke”) For decades, they were under the radar. They and their father had amassed an incredible fortune, mainly in the oil business. Their privately held company revenues last year were estimated at $100 billion. For many years, they have been involved in politics but not terribly open or transparent about it. Koch funding Climate Change Denial. Key Concepts of Libertarianism.

The key concepts of libertarianism have developed over many centuries.

Key Concepts of Libertarianism

The first inklings of them can be found in ancient China, Greece, and Israel; they began to be developed into something resembling modern libertarian philosophy in the work of such seventeenth- and eighteenth-century thinkers as John Locke, David Hume, Adam Smith, Thomas Jefferson, and Thomas Paine. Individualism. Ayn Rand - philosopher of the Koch Brothers. Literary critics received Rand's fiction with mixed reviews,[6] and academia generally ignored or rejected her philosophy, though academic interest has increased in recent decades.[7][8][9] The Objectivist movement attempts to spread her ideas, both to the public and in academic settings.[10] She has been a significant influence among libertarians and American conservatives.[11] Life[edit] Early life[edit] Rand was born Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum (Russian: Али́са Зиновьевна Розенбаум) on February 2, 1905, to a Russian Jewish bourgeois[12] family living in Saint Petersburg.

Ayn Rand - philosopher of the Koch Brothers

Ayn Rand - Objectivism and Individualism. Ayn Rand is America’s most controversial individualist.

Ayn Rand - Objectivism and Individualism

She was a bold woman who produced brilliant works fusing fiction and philosophy. Her best-selling novels, like Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, have sold millions of copies and continue to influence independent thinkers and celebrities the world over, from Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales to Angelina Jolie and Hugh Hefner. Objectivist Politics. Question: What is the Objectivist view of law and government?

Objectivist Politics

Answer: "Capitalism is a social system based on the recognition of individual rights, including property rights, in which all property is privately owned. The recognition of individual rights entails the banishment of physical force from human relationships: basically, rights can be violated only by means of force. In a capitalist society, no man or group may initiate the use of physical force against others. Ethical egoism. Ethical egoism is the normative ethical position that moral agents ought to do what is in their own self-interest.

Ethical egoism

It differs from psychological egoism, which claims that people can only act in their self-interest. Ethical egoism also differs from rational egoism, which holds that it is rational to act in one's self-interest.[1] Ethical egoism holds that actions whose consequences will benefit the doer can be considered ethical. Economic freedom. Economic freedom or economic liberty or right to economic liberty is the ability of members of a society to undertake economic direction and actions.

Economic freedom

This is a term used in economic and policy debates as well as a politicoeconomic philosophy.[1][2] One approach to economic freedom comes from classical liberal and libertarian traditions emphasizing free markets, free trade and private property under free enterprise. Libertarianism. Night-watchman state. Advocacy of a night-watchman state is known as minarchism.

Night-watchman state

Minarchists argue that the state has no right to use its monopoly on the use of force to interfere with free transactions between people, and see the state's sole responsibility as ensuring that transactions between private individuals are free. As such, minarchists generally believe in a laissez-faire approach to the economy. The rationale for this belief may be economic prosperity, moral limitations on the use of state force, or both. [citation needed] Laissez-faire. News and Highlights - The Ayn Rand Institute.