Behind The American Oligarchy

    Let's put it this way: If the Koch Brothers were Russians, we'd call them oligarchs: grasping barbarians exercising crude political power.

    But this is America, where tycoons can buy respectability by throwing money at their wives' favorite ballet companies and museums. Also by funding "think tanks" staffed by "resident scholars" keen to enhance the boss's fondest delusion: that great wealth invariably conveys great wisdom.

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