Sunday, April 17, 2016

How GMU Became a Koch Satellite

At one point Jane Mayer told the story of Charles Koch's takeover of key departments at George Mason University. This bit caught my attention:

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.

Mayer, Jane (2016-01-19). Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right (Kindle Locations 2878-2881). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

This strategy should appeal to old Stalinists like Lumo. Straight outa Dugashvili.