If you read only one book this year, it should be Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America.
It’s not a short read, but it is absolutely vital if you want to understand the depth and breadth of the forces aligned against the environmental movement.
Written by Christopher Leonard, a business reporter whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and Bloomberg Businessweek, it is a well-researched, and actually quite neutrally presented history of the Koch family in the US. The Koch family has interests in oil, gas, fertilizer, house building materials, and a number of other large industries. The Koch family is also deeply, deeply embedded in US politics, as it has bankrolled countless number of libertarian action groups and helped get the Tea Party off the ground.
One of Koch industries overriding goals is to roll back all regulations, which it regards as ‘government interference,’ but particularly anything involving the environment. Indeed, it supports completely eliminating the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Leonard writes a compelling, people-based history of the company, which makes it easy to work through what might otherwise be a dry account. It won’t be an easy read, however, if you care about the planet. Our hope here is that will make you want to double and triple down on your desire to be an Ecoactionist.
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