THE PHILANTHROPY HUSTLE

It’s interesting:
Tchernichova, who in the Soviet Union had to deal with the most onerous aspects of what state arts funding could connote: constant interference and censorship from the state, nevertheless told me that dealing with private ballet funders in America was even more draining and frustrating.

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REALITY IS FAKE NEWS TO TRUMP

And if even a whiff of reality somehow makes it on to Fox “News,” then he freaks out.

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DEREGULATION IS DISASTER FOR AMERICANS

Every time Kellyanne Conway or any other member of the Trump crime syndicate starts touting deregulation as a positive achievement, the Democrats have to come forward and explain how much risk to Americans’ health and economic security each piece of deregulation is doing.

The perpetually-fraudulent Conway is a prime example of the way that White House Inc. has reverse-engineered reality so that the most destructive policies are boasted about, mind you, as actual achievements.

Kellyanne knows that deregulation is disaster for Americans, and yet she keeps flapping her flacking jaws to the countrary.

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DAVID KOCH’S PHILANTHROPY SCAM

Sarah Jones in New York Magazine:

“It is likely not coincidental that the small government the Kochs desire would leave artists and scientists at the mercy of billionaires’ largesse. It’s as if he and his brother wanted to pitch us all on their vision for the world: If we let their companies gobble as much as they could, they would throw us a scrap or two. Never enough to live on; just enough to hold us until the next handout. They would allow us a glimpse of beauty, a mirage of progress, so that we would readily accept a cage.”

“Even David Koch’s Philanthropy Was Toxic,” John Nichols writes in The Nation, and quotes Theodore Roosevelt’s response to the Robber Barons’ Lord Bountiful act:

“’No amount of charities in spending such fortunes can compensate in any way for the misconduct in acquiring them,’” Roosevelt curtly but accurately noted. In the case of the Koch family, there’s plenty of misconduct to investigate.”

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EXPRESS DELIVERY

For Graydon Carter’s new Air Mail, I write about “French Fashion, Women, and the First World War,” the upcoming exhibition at the Bard Design Center.

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I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT

I’m waiting for the fulsome eulogies of David Koch from our ballet companies, which were among the cultural institutions Koch used as fig leaves for his apocalyptic greed and fanatical insistence that humans’ future should be sacrificed to it.

What Koch threw at the cultural scene was a drop in the bucket relative to the amount of billions he accumulated through climate-destroying industries, and a drop in the bucket compared to what he spent buying off the Republicans and hard-wiring nihilism into the GOP platform.

Harsh words, but true.

Reviewing the new Kochland, Jane Mayer writes in The New Yorker: “If there is any lingering uncertainty that the Koch brothers are the primary sponsors of climate-change doubt in the United States, it ought to be put to rest by the publication of ‘Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America,’ by the business reporter Christopher Leonard.”

Ryan Cooper in This Week:

“One underrated part of extreme inequality is how it warps the public discourse. In this case, two ultra-rich men with a bottom line to protect were able to spend so much on propaganda, campaign donations, university donations, and so on that they turned the brains in one of two American political parties to rancid tapioca. A nation with an egalitarian income distribution is one in which regular people have a much greater freedom to think.”

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LIZ CHENEY COULDN’T CARE LESS ABOUT ANTI-SEMITISM

Not a word from her or her GOP colleagues about the vile smears pouring out of Toxic Trump.

The only time Liz addresses anti-Semitism is when she uses trumped-up accusations to smear the Democrats.

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WHEN MOSCOW MITCH IS IN THE MINORITY

He abuses the filibuster and the rights of the minority in order to throw sand into the gears of the legislative/judicial process.

When he’s the Majority Leader, he abuses his leadership to bring Congress’s legislative apparatus to a standstill while running roughshod over the Minority in his ruthless frenzy to sandbag future progressive legislation by installing the most extreme and unfit judicial candidates he can find.

McConnell’s op/ed in the Times. where he claims it’s all Harry Reid’s fault, confirms that Moscow Mitch is one of the most evil, seditious, and hypocritical figures in the history of American politics.

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WHEN TRUMP STARTS BELLOWING

about “the Squad” being the face of the Democratic Party (if only), Dem leaders need to make it clear that unlike the GOP, which worships at the feet of aspiring-dictator Trump, the Dem caucus has many faces and many ideological swaths.

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THE DEALS BIDEN MADE W/THE GOP WERE DREADFUL

His rose-colored view of the GOP makes you wonder if he was really on the Democratic side, as the man who may have been responsible for so many of Obama’s capitulations, who stood there and did nothing as Moscow Mitch McConnell pulverized our democracy, keeps insisting that the GOP will sing Kumbaya after Trump is defeated. What game is Biden really playing?

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