Monday, August 1, 2011

Koch Bros' Group Makes a Typo

Gawker explains:

Americans for Prosperity, the political action group funded by right-wing billionaires Charles and David Koch, is patriotically mailing out absentee ballot applications for the upcoming Wisconsin recall elections against Republican state senators. But guess what? The registration forms that AFP has been sending out have... the wrong ballot submission date! Good heavens, how could they miss such a "typo"?
The AFP mailer, according to Politico, has been blanketing the homes of "solidly Democratic voters" and telling them to return their absentee ballots "before August 11." The election, however, is scheduled for August 9! AFP's state director, Matt Seaholm, claims that it was merely a typo.
As Hayek said:
The principle that the end justifies the means, which in individualist ethics is regarded as the denial of all morals, in collectivist ethics becomes necessarily the supreme rule. There is literally nothing which the consistent collectivist must not be prepared to do if it serves "the good of the whole," because that is to him the only criterion of what ought to be done. Once you admit that the individual is merely a means to serve the ends of the higher entity called society or the nation, most of those features of totalitarianism which horrify us follow of necessity.


  1. They are such snakes!

  2. Even if they did come out and say they intentionally lied, it seems fine to me, from a perspective of rights and freedom. Lying is not a crime, unless it's fraudulent. Seeing as AFP aren't selling anything through these, it can't possibly be fraud.

    Don't get me wrong, it's a slimy jackass immoral thing to do. Just saying, I think they have the right to do it.

  3. Wobbles, lying without fraud is not criminal, but it does reflect (lack of) character, and in an anarcho-libertarian society would serve as a warning to those who do business with you to distrust you, or refuse to do business with you. In a free society, your good name would be worth more than your credit score!

  4. Exactly. If the Koch brothers are willing to lie about this, what else are they willing to lie about?

  5. Koch that's a white face you can distrust!