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1 shutdown  Tue, May 10, 2011 8:35:03am

Very troubling. Giving away copies of the deeply unreadable “Atlas Shrugged” is harmless enough. But the academic integrity of this countries universities should be sacrosanct, for more than the obviou reasons. Higher education is a major “export” of the US, attracting students, researchers and money from around the world. If there is a perception that universities have been bought and sold, these minds and dollars will go elsewhere.

File under stupid and short-sighted.

2 laZardo  Tue, May 10, 2011 11:04:55am

What a bunch of Kochs.

3 elizajane  Tue, May 10, 2011 11:27:11am

re: #1 imp_62

Very troubling. Giving away copies of the deeply unreadable “Atlas Shrugged” is harmless enough.

File under stupid and short-sighted.

I disagree about harmless. The Right would have had an apoplexy, and rightly so, if some left-wing outfit had officially insisted that every junior econ major at University X be provided with a copy of Marx’s Das Kapital. When the University you are attending makes a given text the centerpiece of your educational experience, you tend to take it seriously, even if you are informed that it is “controversial.”

The Guilford example is slightly less outrageous simply because that is a private college, although one with a nice Quaker ethos (I had thought). But the Kochs’ intervention in a state university in Florida is outrageous. At the link above there is a link to a facebook page you can join on this matter, and the address of the FSU board of trustees if you want to pen an old-fashioned letter of disapproval.


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