“There are certain laws that govern the natural world,” [Charles Koch] said recently. He started to wonder “if the same isn’t true for societal world. Were there also laws that determine to what extent people can achieve their ends? That will determine the extent to which people are more prosperous? That they are better off. There’s more civility. That there’s peace. Progress. And so I became very passionate.”
He read Adam Smith, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman — economists deeply committed to keeping government out of private enterprise. The key ingredient in a prosperous society is private enterprise, because private enterprise is all voluntary — people are doing things they want to do, rather than things they have to do to fulfill some government-imposed obligation.
In all those books, the guy with three degrees from MIT saw what happens, as he believed, when freedom is curtailed, whether by dictators using guns or liberals using laws to redistribute wealth....
In recent months he has likened himself to the revolutionary who defied the Catholic Church and changed history to this day:McClatchy
“The best way to describe it, which may be ridiculous, but is in a way similar to what Martin Luther must have thought when he said, ‘here I stand, I can do no other,’ ” Charles said. “I mean, if you believe these ideas are right, and they’re going to benefit the overwhelming majority of people, and you have some capability to advance them, how can you not?”
Charles Koch relentless in pursuing his goals
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“Liz reminded me the other day that when she married me, she knew it would be an exciting life.
“But she didn’t know it would be one of sheer terror.”Read the whole story. This person has serious problems with himself and reality.