Charles Koch explains his political engagement in the Wall Street Journal

04/03/2014 4:16 PM

04/03/2014 4:28 PM

On the heels of a Supreme Court decision to lift the ban on aggregate political donation limits, Charles Koch explained his political engagement in the opinion page of the Wall Street Journal.

“Unfortunately, the fundamental concepts of dignity, respect, equality before the law and personal freedom are under attack by the nation’s own government. That’s why, if we want to restore a free society and create greater well-being and opportunity for all Americans, we have no choice but to fight for those principles. I have been doing so for more than 50 years, primarily through educational efforts. It was only in the past decade that I realized the need to also engage in the political process,” Koch wrote in the editorial published Wednesday night on WSJ.com, titled “I’m Fighting to Restore a Free Society.”

The chairman and CEO of Koch Industries decried the actions of collectivists, who he said “stand for government control of the means of production and how people live their lives.”

He also claimed that his opponents offer personal attacks rather than a “free and open debate.”

Koch touted the achievements of the Wichita-based Koch Industries, which employs 60,000 Americans and has won numerous environmental awards, he wrote, while arguing against the “government handout” of the ethanol tax credit.

For his opponents who would argue that Koch’s vast financial portfolio gives him unfair power in the political world, Koch responded:

“Far from trying to rig the system, I have spent decades opposing cronyism and all political favors, including mandates, subsidies and protective tariffs – even when we benefit from them. I believe that cronyism is nothing more than welfare for the rich and powerful, and should be abolished.”

As of mid-afternoon Thursday, the article had drawn more than 1,300 comments and was the most-viewed story on the Journal’s website.

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