How Can We Boycott Murdoch & Koch Brothers Businesses?(They support Tea-Party & FOX)

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We make them rich,now it`s time to make them poor.They prove they don`t care about the little people,now we have to return the feeling! We need to boycott them the way we boycott South Africa.The world need to know these people are bad for the "have-nots". We need a website to list these corrupt people and their businesses.We need to stop supporting them with our business,they`re hurting us with our own money! We need to support a "Progressive Chamber Of Commerce". We need a website for that too.

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Attacking the "Invisible Hand" at work behind the scenes through consumer methods has been tried over and over, and yet the system somehow prevails.

Why is that? Simple, at one level, not so simple at another. People need to eat and they need to work so they can eat. Do you want to stop putting gasoline in your car so you can't go to work? (Exxon, Chevron = Koch) Stop buying food from the vertically integrated food system that uses that same fuel and is also part of the Koch, Murdock portfolios? Unless people can become independent of the larger global economic system, they are pretty much stuck in whats become an oligarchically owned company town; but that town is all towns, everywhere. These tyrants have enormous wealth and they purchase the expertise of all sorts of clever people to help them maintain it. They'll just move it around if and when they need to. They own most of the system that keeps them wealthy, and most people are a part of it. That's how it works. That's how it worked in the Middle Ages.

Bottom line, the tycoons that get exposed from time to time may change, but their systematic wealthy class methods remain the same.

Their methods are the anti democratic methods of systematically attacking whatever can impede the accumulation of their wealth -- the tax system, the regulation of corporations, the labor unions who raise their labor costs, or any method that can spread the wealth away from their giant coffers that make it possible for them to afford all their anti democratic methodologies, including the propaganda they engineer through the back doors and behind the scenes.

They will not become poor and incompetent in maintaining their antidemocratic goals simply because the not wealthy, non owners of property individually group up and refuse to buy a few of their products and services. They are vertically integrated into the system everyone takes part in, yet consciously doesn't consciously take the trouble to try to understand how deeply they are enmeshed in what it takes to eat every day. You simply can't stop buying a few things and hope a few wealthy icons go broke.

So what are the real options? I think that's the pertinent question.

The NYTimes columnist, Frank Rich, provides a reasonably well researched and readable op/ed overview of just how thorough ownership of the anti democratic forces in the world has been over the years, and how extensive it is today: "The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party." In the process he overviews how it has been dealt with successfully in the past through the very structures of government they are attacking.

The spear carriers for Murdock, Koch, and other super wealthy elites behind the scenes are just that, spear carriers. They take their marching orders through a system of propaganda that tells them at the same time they are doing it of their own free will, as if it were their own idea. Back in the Thirties, many of the Southern Democrats were not entirely happy with the big government strategy, even then they had the anti big government meme running through their political minds. It hearkens back to the issues that gave rise to the Civil War. But they went along, then. Now their descendants are vocally a part of the Tea Party. Their ideological interests have been carefully analyzed, and a carefully orchestrated system of conservative think tanks have developed a system of mass propaganda that is now well in place. It prods them like cattle to act in knee jerk fashion in response to a litany of established Luntz-Rovian-like key words and phrases.

Don't be too surprised if the House turns Republican after the next election, and a Beck/Palin ticket comes along two years later and sweeps the Republicans back into the Presidency. Individually one can stop participating in the economy as best and creatively as one can. On a larger, macro scale, for many reasons besides Murdock and Koch, the U.S will continue its death march towards collapse. I think the march will begin to accelerate.

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Ren wrote: "On a larger, macro scale, for many reasons besides Murdock and Koch, the U.S will continue its death march towards collapse. I think the march will begin to accelerate."

poly replies: .At this point,, it's operating under its own impetus...like a fast-moving train going downhill that has lost its brakes. .

In electing Obama, we've merely changed the engineer. Brakes are still lacking.

The challenge will be...how to clean up the inevitable wreckage.

.Retired Monk - "Ideology is a disease"

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Another informative link, this from the Rich's article in the NYTimes: "Covert Operations: The billionaire brothers who are waging war against Obama"

This article too raises the question: "How can we boycott Murdock and the Koch Brother's businesses? But the emphasis in the sentence shifts heavily, almost with awe, to the word can when you see how extensively they are integrated into the economy through just their conglomerate holdings, Koch Industries -- otherwise known as "Kochtopus."

With his brother Charles, who is seventy-four, David Koch owns virtually all of Koch Industries, a conglomerate, headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, whose annual revenues are estimated to be a hundred billion dollars. The company has grown spectacularly since their father, Fred, died, in 1967, and the brothers took charge. The Kochs operate oil refineries in Alaska, Texas, and Minnesota, and control some four thousand miles of pipeline. Koch Industries owns Brawny paper towels, Dixie cups, Georgia-Pacific lumber, Stainmaster carpet, and Lycra, among other products. Forbes ranks it as the second-largest private company in the country, after Cargill, and its consistent profitability has made David and Charles Koch—who, years ago, bought out two other brothers—among the richest men in America. Their combined fortune of thirty-five billion dollars is exceeded only by those of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.

And this echoes support for some of my above sentiments:

The Kochs are longtime libertarians who believe in drastically lower personal and corporate taxes, minimal social services for the needy, and much less oversight of industry—especially environmental regulation. These views dovetail with the brothers’ corporate interests. In a study released this spring, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute named Koch Industries one of the top ten air polluters in the United States. And Greenpeace issued a report identifying the company as a “kingpin of climate science denial.” The report showed that, from 2005 to 2008, the Kochs vastly outdid ExxonMobil 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.

If you are looking for a funding source behind the right wing trolls who come to this site and spew their anti environmental, libertarian rhetoric, perhaps a good sleuth would find they trace back to the Americans for Prosperity Foundation—an organization that David Koch started, in 2004.

Sourcewatch on the AfP

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I`m staying positive,i agree with all posts.But i`m taking lessons from history and nature.When something is wrong in nature,it is attack at every level,we need to do same.In Communist countries their is always a underground economy,we need to do the same.We may be on a train to Hell,but as long as we have life we should try to "derail it".Any way possible! I don`t want to go to Hell with a smile,maybe Murdock & Kochs do. While we trying to derail this train,we need to be creating another train(a Grassroots Own Banking System)

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