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...
Read The Terms Of The Gift!
FSU Costs High School And Middle School Money!
- FSU asks metro schools to alter mascot logos | ajc.com
Two metro Atlanta schools, already facing massive budget cuts, will now have to come up with money to remove any representation of their Seminoles logos after reaching a legal settlement with Florida State University.