31 Jan '16, 6pm

Koch Brothers View Universities As Propaganda Machines

Sharing a building with the Mercatus Center was the heavily Koch-funded Institute for Humane Studies, chaired by Charles Koch. […] The aim of the IHS was to cultivate and subsidize a farm team of the next generation’s libertarian scholars. Anxious at one point that the war of ideas was proceeding too slowly, Charles reportedly demanded better metrics with which to monitor students’ political views. To the dismay of some faculty members, applicants’ essays had to be run through computers in order to count the number of times they mentioned the free-market icons Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman. Students were tested at the beginning and the end of each week for ideological improvement. The institute also housed the Charles G. Koch summer internship program, a paid fellowship placing students who shared the Kochs’ views in like-minded nonprofit groups, where they could join the l...

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/2016/01/31/koch-brothers-view-u...

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grist.org 29 Jan '16, 10pm

How did the Koch brothers — Charles and David Koch, who are, respectively, the sixth and seventh wealthiest people in the ...