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16 December 2014 @ 05:41 am
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Here’s the thing about men like David Koch: Making money is basically just a video game to them. For the rest of us, making money is about being able to pay for things we need and want, such as rent and food and actual video games. But David Koch has made so much money that he literally cannot spend it all. There is nothing he would want to buy he cannot already afford. The only purpose at this point in making more money is for the pleasure of beating your high score. In other words, it really is just a very consuming video game. But unlike when you kill people in Call of Duty or crush candies in Candy Crush, the game David Koch is playing is very real. Millions of people will suffer and die because he wants to “win” his video game by manipulating the public to avoid taking action on global warming. That is evil and hateful and selfish on a level that puts the word “selfish” to shame
--Amanda MarcotteThanx to Pandagon.
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Maia Cmaiac on December 16th, 2014 11:35 am (UTC)
Amanda Marcotte has become my favorite essayist. Alas that her targets are impervious to both unassailable logic and industrial-strength scorn.
El Coyote Gordo: coy1supergee on December 16th, 2014 11:52 am (UTC)
I could do without the theophobia and the (mercifully rare) vegetarian rants, but I like most of her writing.
Tom Jacksonjacksontom on December 16th, 2014 03:17 pm (UTC)
Or maybe David Koch wants to continue giving large sums of money for the arts, medical research and to support peace and civil liberties. Marcotte's one-sided description of him is the kind of intellectual integrity I'd expect from somebody who regards John Edwards as the greatest statesman ever.