David Koch, who the left and some Republicans vilified for his free market support and support of similarly situated candidates, has passed away.
In 1980, Koch ran as the Vice Presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party, a high water mark of credibility for the party, but running against Reagan it was a principle play, not a bid to win.
Over the years, David Koch and his brother Charles ran both a major corporation and also advocated for free market principles and smaller government. The left, populists, and a group of people who lack principles savaged Koch for both his views and his effectiveness.
But Koch was more than that.
He was a tireless champion of the poor and practiced what he preached. He poured his personal wealth into funding research against cancer and expanding hospitals. He supported the arts in New York and elsewhere providing many of his critics with gainful employment on brilliantly lit stages.
Koch elevated many out of poverty through both his philanthropic efforts and his industry. He employed many and helped many people make good livings via the free market.
David Koch’s passing will let the contemptuous spirit of the age show some glee in death. But those so doing will still be in the shadow of a man who has done more for more people than they can ever hope to do.
His passing is a loss for the nation and the millions of people who benefited from his personal generosity. David Koch lived his life practicing what he preached — allowing the free market to elevate mankind in their own industry with their own self-appointed destiny and allowing mankind to then help others unrestrained by a jealous and covetous government. The government may have gone to war against poverty, but David Koch actually elevated people out of poverty.