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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Guest Commentary

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https://thebaffler.com/latest/the-handmaid… This is a solid perspective on the extent of the bias in the book being used, and not biased by financial conflict of interest.

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Posted by Tom Rhodes on 11/04/2017 at 10:39 AM

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If ethics is truly embedded in this class, I think it should be aimed at AZ legislators instead of HS students.

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Posted by Pima Mujer on 11/04/2017 at 5:39 AM

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Dr. McKenna is correct in noting that not all folks associated with the Freedom Center are libertarians. The problem, however, is that 100% of those involved with the high school economics course are. And they are eager to push their political agenda onto young students. Thats right out of the Koch/Kendrick playbook. Dave Schmidtz and his wife Cathleen Johnson control this course as well as the 3 graduate courses to train teachers. Dr. Johnson is not a regular faculty member hired through an open search requiring support across the whole department. Rather she is staff hired by her husband. My issue is that Schmidtz alone controls this course and hes teaching it from a slanted perspective. While hes a good philosopher (his PhD is in philosophy not Economics), the UA has a large number of actual PhDs in Economics. Our history department teaches history, our math department teacher math. Why is the Philosophy Department and now the Department of Moral Science teaching intro economics to high school students? The answer is simple: if the Econ department did, they would ensure a balanced approach and people from multiple perspectives would be involved. By allowing one personSchmidtzto control the course, only his perspective is presented. As McKenna says the course and the textbook lean in a direction favorable to libertarians and others who are right-leaning. See https://thebaffler.com/latest/the-handmaiden-of-entrepreneurship for a review of the text used in the class. Im happy to have the libertarian perspective included in a survey course, but intro economics needs to focus on mainstream economic ideas from multiple perspectives. It should be neither right nor left wing. Lets leave the teaching of economics to the Economics Department.

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Posted by Dianne Horgan on 11/03/2017 at 4:12 PM

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Steve, you started your political life with a lie and then you have hidden behind the shirttails of all the old tired Tucson Demorats raising taxes at every chance you could get. You've help build monorails that run empty to nowhere, an expensive downtown that no citizens other that the rich, out of town visitors, or ignorant UofA students want to go to. You've promised street repairs which never happen and demanded we give up our 2nd amendment rights, and you've even defied State Laws for you pet peeves. You only represent those that have twisted liberal views such as your and you have never in your life been a conservative. You are just another ignorant tax and spend twit. Let some with big boy pants step and turn the horrendous city government around.

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Posted by VetnamVet2 on 11/02/2017 at 11:24 AM

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...and the Templeton Foundation is a conduit through which the Koch brothers route money to schools so they will teach the children that the EPA is bad for the environment, and that sweatshops are good for 3rd graders.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_pol…

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Posted by Jeffrey Patten on 11/02/2017 at 10:36 AM

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Conscience dictates that one would be more horrified by the continuation of promoting liberal progressive ideology that is failing in every aspect of society. Instead of screaming "Koch Bros, Koch Bros", try doing some thinking on your own. And learn to accept the fact that the poor will never run the country. No matter how much you cry about it.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 11/02/2017 at 9:21 AM

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I think both Safier and McKenna protest too much. I'm simultaneously heartened that the there is some level of debate and awareness in such matters at the UA and horrified at the Koch's continuing attempts to influence universities, which is well documented by this time. I think if Safier stuck with the latter argument, there would be a solid story to cover here. But the point of journalism now being to sell papers/adverts, I notice TW likes to rouse the rabble in both directions...I assume TW pays better than the Sentinel, so you can't blame them for writing hot articles and staying employed I guess...

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Posted by desertrat on 11/02/2017 at 9:07 AM

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After two or three writers using gallons of ink on this topic, I still have no idea of the content of the course.

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Posted by bslap on 11/02/2017 at 7:26 AM

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The writer pretty well rebuts his own claims by his inability to conceal his polemical disdain for counter-libertarian ideas.

And while it is possible that he is not aware of the close ties between the Kendricks and the Kochs, it is not a well kept secret that Randy Kendrick is a central player in the Koch Donor Network. She is also the person that bankrolled APS to disadvantage solar power against dirty technologies, a favorite issue for the Kochs.

A simple Google search of "Koch" and "university" reveals lots of reporting on this topic.

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Posted by Jimmy Zuma on 11/02/2017 at 4:43 AM

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Is this the worst thing that could be dug about about what kids are being taught? More of this in business, please. "[He] understands that, ultimately, successful businesses in a free economy are virtuous at their coremeeting people's needs and doing so through ethical and mutually beneficial practices. In the end, [he] says, businesses that lack either virtuous purpose or ethical practices won'tand shouldn'tsucceed."

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Posted by Andy on 10/20/2017 at 9:12 AM

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and dont forget Sean Noble Koch brothers , intro man, who is MORMON, this is what is behing all this, MORMONS taking over government !!! When are people going to wake up in AZ . Do not vote for Ducey he is their puppet .

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Posted by jill schafer on 10/16/2017 at 7:09 AM

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God bless the Koch Brothers as a counter to the authors socialist meddling in schools and universities since 1917!

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Posted by Steam-Maker on 10/15/2017 at 1:21 PM

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From Koch Brothers economics book, Make money the old fashioned way, inherit it, steal it, or make it by dumping you waste coal piles anywhere there are no regulations. Business ethics 101 according to the Koch Brothers, get everything you can get away with. Ethics, societal good, is for suckers. By all means never make a quality product, consumers want, at a fair price with a fair profit. Page one of the Koch Economics book, "Greed is good."

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 10/13/2017 at 8:45 PM

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Bingo! We've got a winner here.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 10/13/2017 at 4:56 PM

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mmm... If the end result of this course is having more aspiring entrepreneurial doctors and kids that believe that success requires "meeting people's needs and doing so through ethical and mutually beneficial practices." and that "businesses that lack either virtuous purpose or ethical practices won'tand shouldn'tsucceed", it sounds like a good outcome, doesn't?...

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Posted by Not so bad... on 10/13/2017 at 11:18 AM

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All the while looking away from the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona ...

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Posted by Robert on 10/12/2017 at 2:23 PM

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Ah yes. The Koch brothers. The current bogeyman of the left.

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Posted by lc69hunter on 10/12/2017 at 8:16 AM

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You forgot to mention that the Koch brother's father was an avid racist and devout follower of the John Birch Society of which he was a founding member. If the Koch's do anything that seems beneficial to you on the face of it you can bet your azz that they are stealing something from you out the back door. Look at the way the Koch's stole from the Native American oil reserves on the reservation. They told their drivers to lie about the amount of oil that was taken from the ground and under report it. Consequently the Koch's stole MILLIONS of DOLLARS from Native Americans. When one of the brothers was asked why he did it since he was already a BILLIONAIRE he just replied,"Because I can!!" That in essence is the way that most wealthy people treat those who are not. Don't trust them regardless of the velvety smooth chocolate lies that hiss between their poison fangs.

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Posted by Beneal Good on 10/12/2017 at 6:20 AM

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Libertarians obsess about potential tyranny from government and ignore the tyranny and coercion that citizens face every day from increasingly powerful corporations and other private interests. It is an intellectually narrow and incomplete view. Wise public policy is focused on serving the public good; libertarian dogma purposefully ignores this.

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Posted by Tom Rhodes on 10/12/2017 at 6:15 AM

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Try telling the truth of why the father Koch became onvolved? He went to Russia in the 1930s to build refineries, befriended many communists and then became witness to the purges. His friends taken away in the middle of the night to be shot in the back of the head.

Russian archives show documents detailing plans to kill tens of thousands in these purges with Salins notes in the margins, "not dnough."

The Russian "handker" assigned to Koch detailed their plans to infiltrate America and do the same thing here. In the United States intellectual elites thought it ever so chic to be Stalin's "fellow travelers" all the way into the 70s. Now they are just open and blatant about it.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 10/12/2017 at 5:40 AM

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