Friday, February 25, 2011

Are these the Hank Reardons of our time?

John Hinderaker of the Powerline blog discusses the Koch brothers (pictured, Charles left, David right).

When I read it I was reminded of the heroic businessman described in Atlas Shrugged, Hank Reardon, the inventor and producer of Reardon Metal.

A lot of people, collectivist people, irrationally hate the Koch brothers, who own the second largest privately-held company in the US (the first being Cargill). Some of these lefty haters are probably dumb enough to believe that the left-wing blogger's stunt of posing as David Koch in a call to the Wisconsin governor was real. It will probably live in lefty lore as such.

The money quote from Hinderaker's post:

"It is remarkable that at this late date, when Communism and socialism have been wholly discredited around the world, businessmen who run one of the world's most respected companies, have created many thousands of jobs and vast amounts of wealth, and have paid taxes in amounts that are incomprehensible to the rest of us, are demonized for pointing out the obvious benefits of free enterprise."

We know less about Governor Walker. While obviously better for individual liberty in Wisconsin than the other politicians he beat to get the job, we don't know how tightly he embraces the absolutes of liberty that animated the Declaration of Independence.

Interesting too, how the Wisconsin battle is being set up as the Unions' last stand but the Union referred to is actually the labor union movement, especially government employee unions. In the private sector, the union pits employees against management. Government employee unions pit government employees against the people. Sick.

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