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

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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:

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  1. I’d rather see Roads Scholar Rachel Maddow go batshit on them than Joe.

    1. I’d like to see Melissa Harris Perry remind them that they’re not as hardworking or worthy of admiration as slaves, or something.

  2. “…how George W. Bush’s failed presidency (big spending, profligate regulations, awful foreign policy) goaded the brothers into the political arena. ”

    One has to wonder why Booooooosh! isnt the Progressive’s hero.

    1. W didn’t spend enough, regulate more, or make any unilateral interventions. Also, (R), not (D).

  3. They are monsters!

    I am also calling on them to ban comments from Reason’s site.

    1. Crusty. Please report to the nearest decontamination station. You have been infected by the H1NH virus.

  4. need to change drug laws and reform criminal justice….ending cronyism and corporate welfare…philanthropy…George W. Bush’s failed presidency (big spending, profligate regulations, awful foreign policy)…our “foreign policy is insanity” in that we keep doing the same thing (interventions, propping up tyrants) and expect different outcomes

    DON’T BE FOOLED THEY ARE ONLY SAYING THOSE THINGS SO THEY CAN GET RID OF REGULATIONS AND DESTROY THE ENVIRONMENT WAKE UP SHEEPLE!!!!!!!!!!

  5. What a “sweet old guy”……A political Bill Cosby.
    useryouk 6 minutes ago

  6. Koch, Coke, cocaine, cane sugar, Bilderburger!

    Illuminati confirmed

    1. Tinfoil pyramid is being built over my house asap.

  7. The lefties sure could have used some hollywood magic to find the perfect evil masterminds. I mean, come on, these 2 old white guys with lots of money aren’t a great example…wait a minute- white guys, old, money. Never mind, that is perfect for their narrative. Carry on Libtards.

  8. I never knew much about the Kochs, so I didn’t have much of an opinion about them. But having seen Charles in some interviews recently about his book, I really like him. He articulates libertarian ideas very well and in a way that seems reasonably palatable to people who aren’t already true believers. I thought he was particularly good at explaining why the things he supports are not just for the benefit of big business (and often aren’t to the benefit of big business), and how they can help the poor and middle classes.

  9. “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.”

    Authors want to do book tours – how else could they make money?

  10. Sanders is going to have to re-think his plan to de-criminalize marijuana now since it’s clearly a right-wing conspiracy.

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