Charles Koch Partners With ACLU
Successful businessman Charles Koch is known for his conservative values and business nature, but recently came into the spotlight for a different reason, his partnership with the liberal ACLU. While the alliance seems odd to most, it has it’s reasons.
Senior vice president of Koch Industries and general counsel for the company recently spoke on why this partnership is happening and what they hope to accomplish, and it all starts with the broken criminal justice system.
At the base of the broken system is the fact that the wealthy and well connected people often are able to receive better treatment than those that are poorer, and guilt or innocence often has little to do with it. This cycle has created what is referred to as a poverty trap, a cycle of poverty, despair and incarceration, for those at the bottom of the economic ladder. One troubling side effect with this error in the system is that innocent people now will often plead guilty to crimes they didn’t even commit. Another problem that has occurred with the War on Drugs is the shift in power from judges to prosecutors. There are currently somewhere between 4,500 and 6,000 criminal laws on the books, and when combined with mandatory minimum sentences and prosecutor’s control of the grand jury process, this means prosecutors now have the ability to be prosecutor, judge, jury, and executioner.
This is all due to the fact that the country seems to have strayed from the original Bill of Rights. The biggest threat to liberty can grow from the criminal justice system. It shouldn’t be so simple for them to take away someone’s life, liberty, property, and pursuit of happiness.
The hope of the ACLU and Charles Koch working together is to find a way to shrink the criminal justice system that has become a failed system that simply wastes trillions of dollars and ruined an untold number of lives. Koch himself has said that he homes for a society that maximizes peace, stability, well-being, and tolerance. A society that offers many opportunities for everyone to better themselves and helps to improve peoples.
Charles Koch is the co-owner, chairman of the board, and chief executive officer of Koch Industries. He, along with his co-owner and brother David, expanded the company from exclusively dealing in oil refining and chemicals to include new processes as well as some well known brands like Stainmaster, Lycra, Quilted Northern, and Dixie Cup.
Koch is known as a conservative, and through his numerous programs has supported and aided in creating numerous free market-oriented educational groups like the Institute for Humane Studies and Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He is a major contributor the Republican Party and it’s candidates as well as numerous charitable organizations.