Charles Koch believes in an unregulated free market so much that he’s teaming up with Florida State University (FSU) to help spread the word. Mr. Koch is donating $1.5 million to FSU’s economics department, with one catch: “His representatives get to screen and sign off on any hires for a new program promoting ‘political economy and free enterprise.'”
I guess it’s okay–in this case–for Mr. Koch to violate the free market principles in which he and his brother are strong advocates by regulating who teaches at FSU as long as that person pushes strongly for free enterprise and nothing else.
So much for academic freedom. When donors are allowed to decide who teaches at universities, we are walking a dangerous line because it gives donors power to push their own agendas rather than uphold the very foundation upon which our schools are built: freedom of inquiry by students and teachers.