What Is the Far Right's Endgame? A Society That Suppresses the Majority. - 2017-06-22

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F0.png What Is the Far Right's Endgame? A Society That Suppresses the Majority. June 22, 2017, Rebecca Onion, Slate Magazine

I think too many people on the left have really underestimated Koch's intelligence and his drive, and also misunderstood his motives. There's been brilliant work by journalists, really good digging on the money trail and the Koch operations, but much of that writing seems to assume that he is doing this just because it's going to lower his tax bill or because he wants to evade regulations, personally. I think that really misgauges the man. He is deeply ideological and has been reading almost fanatically for a very long time. I see him as someone who's quite messianic. He's compared himself to Martin Luther and his effort being like the Protestant Reformation. When he invested in Buchanan's center at George Mason University, he said he wanted to "unleash the kind of force that propelled Columbus."

This is not someone who's just trying to lower his tax bill. He wants to bring in a totally new vision of society and government, that's different from anything that exists anywhere in the world or has existed because he is so certain that he is right. I think it's more chilling because it doesn't correspond to the ideas we have about politics.

Right, like he's not trying to get a particular person elected. You mention several times Buchanan was very against that idea, that the point was to get a particular person elected. The point, for him, was to change the whole system.

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{{cite news | first = Rebecca | last = Onion | title = What Is the Far Right's Endgame? A Society That Suppresses the Majority. | url = https://slate.com/human-interest/2017/06/james-mcgill-buchanans-terrifying-vision-of-society-is-the-intellectual-basis-of-the-far-right.html | work = Slate Magazine | date = June 22, 2017 | accessdate = December 2, 2019 }}