Helped by Hitler

The Koch brothers’ father built a refinery in Nazi Germany. The plant was personally approved by Hitler.

Jane Mayer, a staff writer for The New Yorker, has come out with a new book, Dark Money, which traces the rise of wealthy conservatives who now spend inordinate amounts of money to push the country rightward. At the top of the list, to no one’s surprise, is the Koch family. The New York Times:

Ms. Mayer…presents the Kochs and other families as the hidden and self-interested hands behind the rise and growth of the modern conservative movement. Philanthropists and political donors who poured hundreds of millions of dollars into think tanks, political organizations and scholarships, they helped win acceptance for anti-government and anti-tax policies that would protect their businesses and personal fortunes, she writes, all under the guise of promoting the public interest.

From Hitler to the John Birch Society to the Republican Party. Quite a journey, though the steps were small and few.