The piece has illuminated David Koch, a man whom some have branded as an ‘environmental criminal’, and has made him human with a real voice, with real jokes (on his artificial knees: “If you spent as many years as I did begging girls for favors, you’d have bad knees, too.”)
Goldman weaves Koch’s tale in a fashion befitting the gentleman. In this story, we delve into Koch’s estrangement from his brother William, the aircraft tragedy that nearly killed him, the reasons behind his philanthropy, even his private sexual… difficulties.
Dissatisfied with their father’s John Birch Society, the Koch brothers set to building something William F. Buckley would have seen as at least more agreeable: groups like the Cato Institute, the Mercatus Center, and Americans for Prosperity.
The Kochs are strange people. A friend of mine met estranged brother Fred Koch and I honestly can’t tell you the story of what transpired for fear I might get sued.
But, sad to say, it’s their world, we’re just living in it. Their travails generate more sympathy, at least in certain quarters, than any torture victim or lynched relative of Shirley Sherrod ever wll. And Koch’s lackeys at Cato are taken more seriously than you or I ever will be.