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Saturday, April 7, 2012

From Russia w/Love: Stalin makes the Koch family richer

Who is Mary Ellen Mark journalist and author

... wandered into her web ... following search for William Koch ... found a magazine article she has a photo credit in.  The story is about the Koch family!  I was totally ignorant of her work and before I just believed what the article said I wanted to know more.

Survival of the Richest ... photo credit becomes story ... "Survival of the Richest," (Corporate Portraits--Fred Koch), November 1989, Leslie Wayne, p. 145, USA, 1 bw, 208N

... this all started while watching "UpWith Chris Hayes" (4/7/2012) as he did a story about environmental activism via the imprisonment of Tim DeChristopher ... Tim's civil disobedience story was paralleled with similar acts by William Koch (who did not go to jail according to Tim's lawyer)

About Tim DeChristopher from Wikipedia ...

Tim DeChristopher is an American climate activist and co-founder of the environmental group Peaceful Uprising. On December 19, 2008, he protested an oil and gas lease auction of 116 parcels of public land in Utah's redrock country, conducted by the Bureau of Land Management. DeChristopher decided to participate in the auction, signing a Bidder Registration Form and placing bids to obtain 14 parcels of land (totaling 22,500 acres) for $1.8 million. DeChristopher was removed from the auction by federal agents, taken into custody, and questioned. On July 26, 2011, Judge Dee Benson sentenced DeChristopher to two years in prison; his lawyers plan to appeal.

I did not find the parallel story about William Koch alluded to in the "Up With Chris Hayes" program ...  but it was still an interesting journey!  Briefly from Leslie Wayne's story ... excerpt about the patriarch, Fred ...

His first big profits came from Russia, where he went in the late 1920s and early 1930s after his customers fled under the barrage of lawsuits. There, he built fifteen refineries as part of Stalin's first five-year plan. But when purges in the late '30s liquidated some of Fred Koch's best Russian friends, he turned into a fervent anti-Communist and went on to become an early member of the ultraconservative John Birch Society.

WI 1848 Forward: From #Russia w/Love: #Stalin makes the #Koch family richer : the 1% #elites vs #47%

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