Charles & David Koch on Morning Joe, Talking Capitalism, Politics, & More


Charles Koch on reforming US drug laws

Libertarian billionaire Charles Koch is appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe this morning, joined by his his brother David (a trustee of Reason Foundation, the nonprofit that publishes this website).

MSNBC is rolling out clips at the Morning Joe site quickly. The clip above has Charles discussing the need to change drug laws and reform criminal justice. Other segments include his interest in ending cronyism and corporate welfare, David's philanthropy and run for vice president on the 1980 Libertarian Party ticket, and how George W. Bush's failed presidency (big spending, profligate regulations, awful foreign policy) goaded the brothers into the political arena. Charles at one point says our "foreign policy is insanity" in that we keep doing the same thing (interventions, propping up tyrants) and expect different outcomes. 

Charles Koch has a new book out, Good Profit: How creating value for others built one of the world's most successful companies, which is the prompt for the interview.

In 2014, Reason interviewed, Mother Jones' Daniel Schulman, the author of Sons of Wichita, a biography of the brothers that was surprisingly even-handed and even sympathetic. Watch that here: