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Remembering David Koch
Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2019 | Emmett Tyrell

Posted on 08/29/2019 7:13:36 AM PDT by Kaslin

WASHINGTON -- David Koch, one of the two celebrated Koch brothers known to millions of Americans who follow the news, passed away last Friday. He was 79.

Now there is only one Koch brother to appear in the news. Yet the name Koch will be around for years. One sees the name frequently when business is being discussed, in discussions of the arts, in discussions of politics, particularly libertarian politics.

Does anyone stop to wonder why the name Koch appears so frequently in the news? Well, I have had some experience with the Kochs, and I have an insight into the frequency with which one encounters their name. It is because the Kochs have been doing things well for some 45 years. In business, in politics, in philanthropy, they have been first-rate.

They are among the most capable people in the country. Koch Industries sets the standard in a dozen fields in which the brand appears. I basically only know what I read in the newspapers, but I shall stand by that statement. I read the business pages very closely. In the field of philanthropy, I know a bit more. And in medicine, scientific inquiry and the arts, the name Koch appears often and always in distinguished company.

In the political world, I am, shall we say, engaged. It is the world I know best, and there the Kochs have made a huge difference, always for the good. They send summer interns around, and the quality of these young people is astounding. I have no idea how the Koch organization finds these interns. I just know that at The American Spectator, they have been top of the chop year in and year out. They serve as writers and researchers, and some go on to Capitol Hill and beyond.

Then there are the think tanks that the Kochs have funded, and the professorships. From such talent pools come ideas and public policies. The present economic revival is based in part on the Kochs' libertarianism, which has even found its way into the criminal justice reform bill.

As I say, the Kochs have made a big difference. Now David is gone. He will be missed. I remember him as a perfect gentleman. When he would stretch his massive 6-foot-5-inch frame (he was a star basketball player at Massachusetts Institute of Technology) out on a couch in his Manhattan office, he was generous with his time and his advice. He was widely read and had a puckish sense of humor. Frankly, I think he got a kick out of naming things like the David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, or the David H. Koch Dinosaur Wing at the American Museum of Natural History (that must have really cracked him up), or the David H. Koch Plaza at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He would do it just to remind his political rivals who put up the money. In fact, I know that that was the way he felt about Koch Plaza at the Metropolitan Museum of Art because he told me he did.

I would like to compare how often George Soros' name appears on a building or a work of art as opposed to the Koch name. The fact is that Soros and the moneyed people on the left give their money almost exclusively to politics. The Koch money covers a much wider range of human experience. That is because the Kochs and other moneyed people on the right live normal lives. Politics is only one of their interests.

When I would go up to see David Koch in his Manhattan offices, we would talk about politics, for a certitude, but we would talk about much more than that. We would talk about the problems facing business, medicine, international relations, America's place in the world. He was interested in the future of magazines. Could the magazine vanish from the American scene, he once asked? I thought not, but it would take some time for the magazine to come back to the vigor it had 15 years ago.

Which reminds me of another aspect of the Kochs' strength. On one of my visits, David bought a table for a dinner I was having. The check somehow got lost in the Kochs' vast system. I had to make a few calls involving secretaries, Koch lawyers and others in their organization. At every turn, I ran into friendly, cooperative people. I take that as another manifestation of the Kochs' competence.

The last time I saw David, he was as friendly as ever and made some joke about his name appearing on the fountain he had donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But before I left, he wanted me to see something. It was a beautiful picture of his family. He was immensely proud of his family. In light of last week's sadness, I find that anecdote about him immensely poignant. It is how I would like to remember him.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: davidkoch; davidkochobit; emmetttyrell; kochbrothers; tribute

1 posted on 08/29/2019 7:13:36 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Bump


2 posted on 08/29/2019 7:15:11 AM PDT by foreverfree
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To: Kaslin

Just another exposed anti-AmeriCAN RINO!

God Bless President MAGA Trump for exposing these MoFos!


3 posted on 08/29/2019 7:15:24 AM PDT by Harpotoo (Being a socialist is a lot easier than having to WORK like the rest of US:-))
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To: Harpotoo
I would like to compare how often George Soros' name appears on a building or a work of art as opposed to the Koch name. The fact is that Soros and the moneyed people on the left give their money almost exclusively to politics. The Koch money covers a much wider range of human experience. That is because the Kochs and other moneyed people on the right live normal lives. Politics is only one of their interests.
4 posted on 08/29/2019 7:23:04 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham ("God is a spirit, and man His means of walking on the earth.")
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To: Kaslin

The Koch brothers are part of that rare breed that takes their parent’s extremely su0ccessful business, and instead of squandering it on riotous living, make it even more successful, times 20.


5 posted on 08/29/2019 7:28:46 AM PDT by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: Harpotoo

The Koch brothers were well known libertarian philanthropists long before Trump became President, and I don’t recall him saying much of anything about them. They did their thing and he did his. They were hated and despised by liberals.

It may come as a shock to learn that disagreeing with you does not automatically make someone anti-American.


6 posted on 08/29/2019 7:43:49 AM PDT by bigbob (Trust Trump. Trust the Plan.)
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To: Kaslin
Meh,bye,bye.

Just because one is nice and generous does not make them great Americans. I have only disgust for the #NeverTrumpers. The left hated all things Kochs until the Kochs warmed to Obama and jumped on the pathetic sh*tpile of #NeverTrump and demonizing "deplorables".

7 posted on 08/29/2019 7:50:00 AM PDT by shanover (...To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.-S.Adams)
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To: Auntie Mame
The Koch brothers are part of that rare breed that takes their parent’s extremely su0ccessful business, and instead of squandering it on riotous living, make it even more successful, times 20.

I work for a company in which the son is squandering everything on his boneheaded schemes rather than riotous living. He is determined to remake the company in his image, and wants to throw away everything that his father did even though the father was successful. I also have contact with companies who did it right, the way you describe the Kochs. I actually see more companies following that model rather than what our li'l fuhrer is pursuing.

8 posted on 08/29/2019 7:59:06 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte (If it weren't for fake hate crimes, there would be no hate crimes at all.)
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To: bigbob

The koch bros opposes Trump. Apparently because they don’t want immigration control


9 posted on 08/29/2019 9:17:48 AM PDT by rintintin
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To: shanover

Koch brothers opposed Trump


10 posted on 08/29/2019 9:18:51 AM PDT by rintintin
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To: bigbob

The Koch brothers opposed Trump. Never forget that. Apparently they are for functionally open borders.

Does opposing American sovereignty make one anti-American? Good question


11 posted on 08/29/2019 9:20:53 AM PDT by rintintin
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To: foreverfree

Koch bros supported Bush, opposed Trump


12 posted on 08/29/2019 9:23:11 AM PDT by rintintin
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

The Koch money covers a much wider range of human experience

Kochs supported Bush, opposed Trump


13 posted on 08/29/2019 9:24:27 AM PDT by rintintin
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To: Kaslin

They can take their open borders to their grave. Sorry, not impressed with their marvelous accomplishments. They are self-centered and nothing more than globalist elites. The little people be damned should be engraved on their tombstones.


14 posted on 08/29/2019 10:47:25 AM PDT by Robert DeLong
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To: Sans-Culotte

I feel for you, watching the destruction of what was a once-fine company. It’s maddening. Just keep repeating, “Not my circus, not my monkey.” That’s all you can do, and it’s true! Keep an eye out for another opportunity. Sigh.


15 posted on 08/29/2019 4:48:54 PM PDT by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: Robert DeLong

Globalist Free Traitors and cheap labor illegal champions to the end.


16 posted on 08/29/2019 4:54:51 PM PDT by TADSLOS (You know why you can enjoy a day at the Zoo? Because walls work.)
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To: Auntie Mame

To be honest, I pretty much “mail it in” these days and try to not let it get to me.


17 posted on 08/29/2019 5:09:54 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte (If it weren't for fake hate crimes, there would be no hate crimes at all.)
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To: TADSLOS

Exactly.


18 posted on 08/29/2019 5:43:22 PM PDT by Robert DeLong
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To: Kaslin; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; AuH2ORepublican; LS; Galactic Overlord-In-Chief

He did some good in the world, unfortunately he did some bad as well. RIP.


19 posted on 08/30/2019 5:21:56 AM PDT by Impy (I have no virtue to signal.)
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To: rintintin

Kochs supported the Deep State.


20 posted on 08/30/2019 5:28:16 AM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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