Florida ('Floriduh') State University Sells Out! Koch Money To Decide Faculty Hiring! Way To Go, FSU!

What Can $1.5 Million Buy? Ask FSU!

The Kochs have demonstrated the power of money, once again. A $1.5 million dollar gift given by the Koch brothers to 'Floriduh' State University comes with some strings attached. In order for the Kochs to show FSU the money, Charles Koch must be allowed to sign off on any new faculty hires. So, $1.5 Million dollars now buys you a university, or at least a department or two. In this case, the Economics Department is the lucky gift recipient. This is a sign of the times, apparently. All universities need money in this economy and donations are decreasing, so accepting donations from the Koch Brothers and thereby giving up control of the hiring process seems like a small price to pay.

Is FSU concerned that the Koch footprint will become larger than the gift itself? According to an article in the St. Petersburg Times, appearing on 05/09/2011, the answer is apparently, no. Even though David Koch vetoed 60% of the candidates proposed for hire in 2009, the university still complied with the requirements of the agreement. If they didn't, under the terms of the agreement, the Kochs would have been allowed to take their money back. In addition, annual reports must be given to the Kochs. The reports include the facility's publications, speeches and curriculum for the classes.

Two other universities have agreed to similar terms in exchange for gifts from the Koch Brothers. They are: Clemson University located in South Carolina and West Virginia University.

The additional terms of the agreement discuss the promotion of the Koch philosophy of free market and capitalism. Promotion of the Koch philosophy is required under the terms of the agreement.

Is this a demonstration of the future of academic freedom in the United States? Billionaires determining who will teach and what students will be taught? The Kochs are clearly showing that they are smarter than the average bear. Instead of buying entire departments, they are buying teachers. Teachers that will teach whatever the Koch Brothers preach!

The Price Of Academic Freedom! Education Is For Sale!

Many corporations, wealthy foundations and even individuals donate money and scholarships to universities. Without those donations, higher education might have to close their doors. But a donation in exchange for control of faculty hiring or curriculum is a leap, even in these tough economic times. It is a practice that until now has never been acceptable. I have said before that education is the only remnant of our country that is not corporatized. I was wrong. Education is the new corporate investment. Chances are that other corporations with a political, economic or social agenda will soon be buying teachers. Those teachers will then influence and produce graduates that have their thought processes forever altered. Talk about mind control! The implications are serious, to say the least.

Is it the Koch brothers intention to buy an army of devotees, ready to deploy at a moment's notice? $1.5 Million dollars is a small price to pay for control of education. FSU has sold itself cheaply, in my opinion. Previously, when the Kochs have been determined to influence policy in America, it has cost them more that one and a half million dollars. In the last couple of years, they have given $40 million dollars to Americans For Prosperity, their 'grassroots' Tea Party group. They have paid more than $30 million to fund the Mercatus Institute at George Mason University. They have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to the Cato Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and the Reason Foundation. The price of education is cheap, at least at FSU.

In case you live on a different planet and do not know anything about the Koch Brothers, Watchdog Progressive, in its most recent article states:

"Why am I focused on the Koch Brothers these days? They are anti-democracy, anti-union, anti-tax, anti-regulation, and anti-environment. They have one of the worst records of serious pollution violations. They also are hell-bent on eliminating the EPA. They founded the Mercatus Center particularly to advance their anti-EPA agenda. Why would they do that? They own 4,000 miles of oil pipeline in the U.S. They own Valero oil and think it is perfectly acceptable to pollute the air I breathe, the water I drink, and the land beneath my feet."

From Source Watch:

"The Mercatus Center was founded and is funded by the Koch Family Foundations. According to financial records, the Koch family has contributed more than thirty million dollars to George Mason, much of which has gone to the Mercatus Center, a nonprofit organization. Democratic strategist Rob Stein described the Mercatus Center as “ground zero for deregulation policy in Washington.”

Additionally, the Koch's contributed about $52 Million dollars to individual candidates in the mid-term elections. Those candidates were anti-regulation, anti-union, anti-EPA, anti-climate control legislation.

In other words, the Kochs' agenda is the buying of America and its government.

FSU Becoming Known For Its Somewhat Strange Policies!

FSU may be a great school, but its decision to allow the Koch Brothers to buy teachers instills some doubt, at least in my mind. There is another course of action recently pursued by 'Floriduh' State that I find ludicrous. 'Floriduh' State's mascot is the Seminole, as in the Native American tribe. Upon learning that an Atlanta high school and an Atlanta middle school were using the name 'Seminoles', as well as a similar spear design and Seminole head, the university sent the schools a cease and desist letter. In a settlement agreement, the two schools agreed to remove the spears and the heads from everything that had them, from football helmets to the painting on the gym floor. They also agreed to adhere to strict guidelines regarding the use of the name 'Seminoles'.

This agreement is estimated to cost these two cash-strapped schools up to $250,000.00. Nice, FSU! Way to pick on young kids!

Although, in retrospect, maybe these two schools should seek out the Koch Brothers and offer them a deal. Pay for the required changes, and then let the Kochs hire some teachers. Teachers who will teach them about the Koch philosophies of life...

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CreatePerfection 5 years ago from Beautiful Colorado

Dear Jillian,

As usual you have written a much needed expose' of the self-serving, small-minded ignorance in control of our country, today. What it will take to wake people up is beyond me. Many of the things in your article are so unacceptable in a free and democratic society that I am astounded at just how stupid Americans are. Will we allow our leaders to give everything away before we take action? I honesly do not know, but it so makes me disgusted with this country that I could scream.

Excellent article, as always, Jillian. Thank you for all you do to try to make a beneficial difference in this vast wasteland we live in, called America.

Up/Awesome

Bless you in every way.

Lela


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Thank you, Lela!

It disgusts me, too, but I still have hope that we will all wake up! Not just that, but learn to come together, maybe starting with the small things that we can all agree on. Who knows what that could lead to?

I know there are things that we all have in common. We just start from there, and then maybe...


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LRCBlogger 5 years ago

State Universities are seeing big cuts to their funding, especially in Republican led States (indiana for example, Oklahoma, etc. I think schools are getting desperate for revenue but what a terrible decision at FSU. So we have seen conservatives in Texas changing history books for high schools to fit a more conservative narrative. If they can control the free and independent spirit of the colleges, they can control the message throughout the entire course of one's education. Sad.


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear LRC,

Maybe with so many of us trying to inform people, we can help to wake them up! I am not a huge corporation, that can afford commercials, but I can keep writing. You, too! If we stop, we will have participated in helping them ruin our democracy!

Thanks, LRC!


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Terry.Hirneisen 5 years ago from Shenandoah Valley

Florida turned down money from the Feds for Rail. But now they accept it from the Koch Brothers for the University with the strings attached.

I hope people come out of their slumber by 2012!

Sacky will have to turn down an honorary degree from FSU!


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

So, Jillian, it is the beginning the compromise of education institutions subordinated to an agenda that cuts like a razor. Judas sold out for 30 pieces of silver, the amount given by the Kochs is paltry compared to the sacrifice of the very integrity of higher education. Its implications are most dire.

On a side note, did you hear that Newt has thrown his hat into the ring. The GOP can't be serious, this is a tainted candidate as well as a tainted human being. Toss a little 'eye of newt' into the GOP cauldron for a little flavor?

You are cooking with gas here, Jillian, thanks.


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

Jillian, I haven't the words to express how disgusting this is to me. It seems everyone without exception is hooked on Koch. We are in need of some major rehab.

up/useful and awesome


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amillar 5 years ago from Scotland, UK

That sort is the worst kind to have influencing young people's education Jillian.

Keep up the good work; you’re doing your share, that’s for sure.


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PETER LUMETTA 5 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

Jillian,

Superb writing and topic as usual. This is the ruin of what the GOP is encouraging to happen, big corporations are people now thanks to the supreme court, we are slowly losing control of our schools etc,etc. By 2012 the election for president could elect Foghorn Leghorn and we wouldn't even notice because everything will be gone back to the middle ages, next will be ab Inquisition! Then another American Revolution! Good work, thanks Peter


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear Terry,

Sacky should accept the degree from FSU and then use it for, well, she will know what to do with it...

Dear Credence2,

The amount is paltry, isn't it? Maybe that is all the economics dept at FSU is worth.

As for Newt, we should all publicize his history! What a statesman!

I am too busy throwing up knowing that Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (co-sponsor of the Defense of Marriage Bill) was so busy helping Senator Ensign buy off everyone he can think of. Coburn needs to be thrown out of the Senate, too!

Dear Fay,

We are headed for trouble with the entire privatization of education. Sure, let's let the Kochs control academia. They say Koch Kills!

Dear Amillar,

Think we should be worried about the education of our youth? Both your country and mine are in deep you know what!

Dear Peter,

Haven't thought of Foghorn Leghorn in years! Why is it that you can always make me laugh? Foghorn would be a better candidate than Newt!


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junko 5 years ago

Jillian, The purchase and countrol of American education and the excess there of, is from top to bottom. Charter school and vouchers is the privitalization of public schools. The transformation of America is happening from all angles at the same time. The people are being over-whelmed by problems and taken advantage of by the rich and powerful. Vote up. Do it again.


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junko 5 years ago

Jillian' the purchase of the ability to reeducate the American people is happening across the board, up and down. Vouchers and charter schools allow the purchase of public schools buy the private sector nationwide. Privatilization is not all it's cranked up to be, but people are confused by the speed of things and events. vote up. Do it again.


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junko 5 years ago

This is my third comment on this hub, I'll make this one short and simple. Vouchers and charter schools allow the private purchase of public schools.


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear Junko,

You can comment as much as you like. I appreciate you reading the article.

You are right. And once they purchase, they will decide what is taught, just like the Kochs have done at FSU.

No more free thought, that is for sure!


Nikki 5 years ago

But you would be oh so pleased if the money came from a liberal or a socialist. The idea of a conservative giving money to a major university is a threat to your agenda...that's what makes you so uncomfortable. Go Noles!!


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Don't care who gives money to universities, conservatives or liberals, but when the price of the money is control over the hiring of professors, it is wrong. I would say the same of anyone who donates money and has conditions like that!

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