Are the Koch Brothers Right-Wingers or Hippies?It depends on which parts of the Libertarian Party's 1980 platform you emphasize. In a New York Times review of New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer's new book about the Koch brothers, CUNY historian David Nasaw notes that David Koch was the Libertarian Party's vice presidential nominee in 1980. Like other people who fear and/or loathe the Kochs (including Bernie Sanders), Nasaw simply ignores the inconvenient parts of the Libertarian Party's 1980 platform. Here are some of the planks he does not see fit to mention: 1. "the repeal of all laws prohibiting the production, sale, possession, or use of drugs"; 2. "the repeal of all laws regarding consensual sexual relations, including prostitution and solicitation, and the cessation of state oppression and harassment of homosexual men and women"; 3. "the repeal of all laws interfering with the right to commit suicide"; 4. support for "the right of individuals to contract freely with practitioners of their choice, whether licensed by the government or not, for all health services," including abortion; 5. opposition to "preventive detention, so-called 'no-knock laws,' and all other measures which threaten individual rights"; 6. "the repeal of all laws permitting involuntary psychiatric treatment"; 7. opposition to "all forms of government censorship, including anti-pornography laws" and restrictions on broadcast "indecency"; 8. opposition to "government harassment or obstruction of unconventional religious groups"; 9. opposition to government perusal of private records held by third parties without (and maybe even with) a warrant; 10. "abolition of the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation"; 11. abolition of draft registration; 12. "the elimination of all restriction on immigration"; 13. support for dramatic cuts to military spending and the withdrawal of American troops from foreign countries; 14. opposition to wars that are not authorized by Congress; and 15. support for "the principle of non-intervention," which entails "abstaining totally from foreign quarrels and imperialist adventures" while "recognizing the right to unrestricted trade, travel, and immigration." A lot of this indeed radical, but it is not exactly right-wing, is it? In fact, many people on the left would be comfortable with most or even all of these planks, while self-identified progressives (perhaps including Mayer and Nasaw) would at least be sympathetic to the impulses behind them.