Koch Foundation To College: We’ll Give You Millions—if You Teach Our Libertarian Ideology

This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C.

By Dave Levinthal

1410541751077.cachedIn 2007, when the Charles Koch Foundation considered giving millions of dollars to Florida State University’s economics department, the offer came with strings attached.

First, the curriculum it funded must align with the libertarian, deregulatory economic philosophy of Charles Koch, the billionaire industrialist and Republican political bankroller.

Second, the Charles Koch Foundation would at least partially control which faculty members Florida State University hired.

And third, Bruce Benson, a prominent libertarian economic theorist and Florida State University economics department chairman, must stay on another three years as department chairman—even though he told his wife he’d step down in 2009 after a single three-year term.

Read it here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/12/koch-foundation-to-college-we-ll-give-you-millions-if-you-teach-our-libertarian-claptrap.html

4 thoughts on “Koch Foundation To College: We’ll Give You Millions—if You Teach Our Libertarian Ideology

  1. Benson and others at FSU deliberately, wilfully, knowing took money from these money hogs and enemies of poor people.

    The Koch brothers are a bunch of greedy bastards! I don’t know why wicked people live so long and good people die young?

    Hopefully, the federal government would intervenes and do the necessary, if the laws allows to do.

    Knowing the governor of Florida, he’s as bad as the “Koch brothers” they are modern day criminals and they know how to rig the system, so that the long arms of the laws don’t catch up with them.

  2. These are the things the media should be looking into but what they are obsessed with is the black man who makes a mistake . Burn him at the stake, one strike you are out , no redemption. It shows the hypocrisy of these people.

  3. Mike ,

    Its obvious that the Kotch brothers and its foundation wants to perpetuate a capitalist unchecked free market system that benefits them at the expense of the poor and marginalized . The U.S by now should have learnt from the last economic melt down , what happens when a free market system, that is left unchecked can do to its economy .

    The idea being advocated by the Koctch brothers , is certainly not novel as other rich interest groups and persons in the US have, through lobby ,sought to maintain the status quo . Do you think their contribution to political parties of choice are altruistic , quite the contrary , quid pro quo is the order of the day . The real truth is , US is not run by the president , but interest groups , that’s the stark reality . I agree with you Beck that the media should expose these under hand dealings , but the problem with that suggestion , is most of these media houses are controlled by those who want to maintain the status quo or a more extreme interpretation of it .

    • These brothers are worse in their intent . Look them up , they engage in philanthropy, they give millions away to endowments , the Arts, all geared to enshrining their legacy for posterity.
      There is a far more sinister side to them however. Charles and David Koch inherited their father’s business, since then they have taken the company now known as Koch Industries to incredible heights. Koch Industries does over 1 billion in business annually.They own pretty much everything from Railways to Lumber, from paper towels to food processing. Koch industries pollutes our air through it’s factories , pollutes our water, through it’s endeavors in coal, oil, and natural gas mining , they are some of the largest contributors to the destruction of our planet as a result of their horrendous greed. Their Libertarian views are centered around the notion that Government should have minimal to no role. In effect Government should not be in the business of enacting environmental laws to protect the 99% from the greed of the 1%.
      They are the face of greed , corruption and corporate excess.

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