Monday, December 9, 2013

Mapping Kochtopus [The Cato Arms]

Muckety writes:
Last year, after a highly publicized court battle, the Koch brothers and the Cato Institute came to an agreement.

Charles and David Koch would drop their lawsuits against the libertarian think tank, longtime CEO Ed Crane would step down, David Koch would serve as a director, and the Kochs would name three people to the board.

Muckety received some criticism back then for declaring it a Koch win. There was no proof that the Kochs would take control of the organization, objectors said.

So we waited.

Here’s a new Muckety map based on the board members currently listed on the Cato web site.

The map shows Koch connections both direct and indirect. (Dotted lines are former relations; solid lines are current. Roll your mouse over connecting lines to see relationships.)

By our count, a majority of the board is one or two connections away from a Koch-backed group.

Some will undoubtedly complain that we’ve included roundabout links.

But let’s face it, that’s one of the ways the Kochs, who prefer much of their influencing to be done in secret, operate.


  1. Point a finger and three are pointing back at you.

    1. There are lots pointing at trolls like you, and they're all middle fingers.

    2. What does that even mean?

  2. It will be entertaining watching Cato endorsing Libertarian Jeeeeeeeeeeb Bush in 2016.

  3. Janine R. Wedel, Shadow Elite

    Shadow Elite -- subtitle: "How the world's new power brokers undermine democracy, government, and the free market" -- comes highly recommended; you might summarize it as "The Theory of Bob Rubins"; who the Bob Rubins of this world are, how they get and keep their power, and what their social relationships are. (Wedel is a sociologist.) Wedel's two key concepts are "flex nets" and "flexians" (I like "flexian" because it sounds like a breed of alien reptiles that I, for one, welcome, except not). I think the strength of the book will come in the examples of actual flex nets, but since I'm not all the way through it, I'll just quote the introduction on the concepts. Page 15 and following.
    Beyond old boys