On last night’s Nightly Show, host Larry Wilmore and his panelists discussed the undue and potentially undemocratic influence the Koch Brothers have on the American political system.
“Here’s why I’m suspicious of the Koch Brothers and these types of people,” Wilmore began. “They’re always for reducing government, they’re against centralized power, but aren’t they setting up an oligarchy by being the ones who make all these decisions?”
“Absolutely,” comedian Hari Kondabolu replied. “The number of different rich people they have working together to consolidate their money and create a system — it’s real evil stuff. It’s almost corny. You can’t imagine it being so over the top.”
“It’s like Austin Powers or something?” Wilmore asked.
“It’s funny,” Kondabolu said, “because it’s in the open, too. There was always this stuff about the Illuminati, the secret group of people controlling the world — but no! It’s two old white dudes! And they’re brothers! They’re not underground, they’re in Palm Springs!”
“Democracy isn’t the same thing for everybody,” comedian Ted Alexandro replied. “Democracy for the Koch Brothers is a great thing when you can change laws and run roughshod over democracy — but ask the people of Ferguson how democracy is treating them. Ask the people in Detroit how democracy is working out for them.”
“I’m a little concerned,” Wilmore interjected. “Are we at the beginning of a political revolution? Are Democrats and Republicans going the way of just Soros and Koch? Are they going to be our political parties?”
Former New York gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout replied that comparing the money pumped into elections by conservative and liberal groups is a “false equivalency thing. Yes, the sun and the moon are both round.
Watch the entire panel discussion from The Nightly Show below via Comedy Central.