To listen to the left, they are the closest thing we have to real-world
Well, here's Mayer's explanation of their dark and sinister ambitions.
"What people need to understand is the Kochs have been playing a very long game," she told
Dear God, it's worse than I thought! They want to change the conversation! They want to persuade Americans to vote differently! The horror, the horror.
You might be forgiven for thinking that this is pretty much exactly what democracy is about. But no. For you see, only
Ah, but those voices are open and honest -- and progressive! -- about it, while the Kochs are secretive, sinister denizens of the stygian underworld of "dark money" and the "radical right."
Except for the fact that the Kochs have been out in the open for nearly a half-century.
Which brings me to that term "the radical right." When racist idiots do idiotically racist things, we're told that's the radical right in action. When Christian conservatives say Christian things, we're told that's the radical right in action. When
I have myriad problems with those usages of "radical right," but let's just stipulate for the sake of argument that this is the correct term in such circumstances. How, then, are the Kochs members of the radical right? They are pro-gay marriage. They favor liberal immigration policies. They are passionate non-interventionists when it comes to foreign policy. They are against the drug war and are spending a bundle on dismantling so-called "mass incarceration" policies. They've never seized a national park at gunpoint.
They are members of the radical right for the simple reason that they don't like big government and spend money to make that case. Full disclosure: I've given paid speeches to some Koch-backed groups, despite the fact that I have my disagreements with the Kochs. They haven't changed my mind, and I haven't changed theirs. But the conversation continues.
And that's their great sin. Liberals are constantly talking about how we need an "honest conversation" about race or guns or this or that. But what they invariably mean is, they want everyone who disagrees to shut up. (That's why they hate
The best working definition of "right wing" today has almost nothing to do with the ideological content of what right-wingers say or do. A right-winger is someone who disagrees with the liberal narrative, has the temerity to say so and dares to actually try to change the conversation.