May 11, 2011

When Capitalism overtakes Academia

Think Progress:

Yesterday, ThinkProgress highlighted reports from the St. Petersburg Times and the Tallahassee Democrat regarding a Koch-funded economics department at Florida State University (FSU). FSU had accepted a $1.5 million grant from a foundation controlled by petrochemical billionaire Charles Koch on the condition that Koch’s operatives would have a free hand in selecting professors and approving publications.
Turns out, this is but the tip of an iceberg. It's happening at places like WVU, Brown, Troy, Utah State, and many other universities around the country every year.

The Koch empire has been called an octopus, and it seems fitting.

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