Three Cheers For Institutional Corruption

The NY Times:

A secretive network of Republican donors is heading to the Palm Springs area for a long weekend in January, but it will not be to relax after a hard-fought election — it will be to plan for the next one.

Koch Industries, the longtime underwriter of libertarian causes from the Cato Institute in Washington to the ballot initiative that would suspend California’s landmark law capping greenhouse gases, is planning a confidential meeting at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa to, as an invitation says, “develop strategies to counter the most severe threats facing our free society and outline a vision of how we can foster a renewal of American free enterprise and prosperity.”

I know, I know — Koch Industries, trying to manipulate the US democratic system on behalf of pro-business right-wing boilerplate.

Film at eleven.

But, as per usual, the Gray Lady buries the lede:

To encourage new participants, Mr. Koch offers to waive the $1,500 registration fee. And he notes that previous guests have included Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court, Gov. Haley Barbour and Gov. Bobby Jindal, Senators Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn, and Representatives Mike Pence, Tom Price and Paul D. Ryan.

DJ rewind:

…previous guests have included Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court… .

A bitter observation: if the highest members of the (unelected) US judicial branch are attending super-secret partisan events that aim to “develop strategies to counter the most severe threats facing our free society and outline a vision of how we can foster a renewal of American free enterprise and prosperity”, the structural integrity of your democratic system is far from sound.

I’m just sayin’…

h/t Jonathan Singer

Related: Check out this must-read Boston Review symposium on FCC v. Citizen United, perhaps the most egregious SCOTUS decision since Dred Scott. Features commentary by Lawrence Lessig and responses from Will Wilkerson, US Rep. Donna Edwards, John Bonifaz & Jeffrey Clements, Ciara Torres-Spelliscy and more.

2 Responses to “Three Cheers For Institutional Corruption”

  1. So, to sum up, based on no evidence, the NYT alleges that there is a right-wing conspiracy afoot to subvert our nation or something, and to counter that, we should all bow down to Obama and his liberal thugs? Really? That’s the best that the NYT, filled with lots of people with degrees from rich schools, can come up with? Even when I don’t even try I write better, more clearly, and am a better journalist!

  2. matttbastard says:

    No, that’s your decidedly distorted, entirely misleading spin, cuddles. Methinks you overestimate your 1337 journo skillz exponentially.

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