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      On March 2, eugenicist Charles Murray attempted to give a lecture at Middlebury College in Vermont, with little success. Protesters shouted him down and he was sequestered in another room to answer questions over a livestream. Afterwards, Murray left the campus, but not before protesters blocked his car and injured a professor.

      Labeled a white nationalist by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Murray is the author of the 1994 book The Bell Curve, in which he argues that inequalities of race, gender and income exist because white men are smarter and genetically superior to black people, Latinos, women and the poor. Numerous academics have panned the book for its faulty reasoning and unprovable points.

      So why is someone with such fringe ideas invited to speak on college campuses, and who pays for it? It’s unlikely that many university departments would invite such an obviously racist and discredited figure. While co-presenting the Murray talk, the political science department did not invite Murray, nor did it contribute any funding for the event. The Middlebury student chapter of a far-right libertarian think tank, the American Enterprise Institute, asked him to speak, and AEI picked up the tab.

      Murray is not the only controversial guest making the college circuit on a think tank’s dime. Another conservative nonprofit, Young America’s Foundation, also establishes student chapters at numerous universities and sends bigoted scholars and lecturers including Ann Coulter, David Horowitz and Ted Nugent to speak at their campus events free of charge. Bankrolling these nonprofits are conservative mega-donors including Charles and David Koch and the DeVos family, who by funding the organizations enable hate speech at institutions of higher education.

      In addition, a production company connected to the right-wing billionaire Mercer family facilitated at least one college speaking gig of Milo Yiannopoulos, the former Breitbart News editor known for his racist, sexist, Islamophobic and anti-transgender vitriol.

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          czook
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          It's not just hate speech people like the Kochs are funding at colleges but are also taking over some of the curriculum. Example, my old college Florida State. The Koch brothers gave Florida State millions of dollars and for what? For the promise that Florida State would change the course structure in their school of business to reflect the Koch model of doing business. Sad to say, FSU took the money and caved in and restructured their entire business school. This is dangerous and it will not stop at one college.

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              czook
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              People go to college to get a well rounded education. As such, they should hear a wide range of opinions of different subjects. On the other hand, they should not have to listen to the junk science of Charles Murray. I think the better was for the students to respond was to listen to him, and then just laugh at what he had to say.

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                  Denice Patrick
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                  I think people like him should be blocked from campuses. Poison can't be laughed away by a lot of young people, but they know enough to refrain from violence.

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                          czook
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                          Middlebury College - known for hosting a student body comprised mostly of rich city kids who need an all expense paid 4 year trip to rehab or outward bound type experience in the Green Mountains where the most trouble they can get into is getting lost in the woods or drowning in the local river that boasts deadly underwater whirlpools.

                          A good bunch of kids who wouldn't hurt a flea or the dog that hosted it. I'm very happy to hear they ousted Putz Murray and protested his presence there.

                          The larger disconcerting picture is what's being attempted by the Koch bros, Devos fam and Mr. Mercer. The way it looks to me, is that they are trying to create the world they want but are running up against the pesky problem of the left wing libs, having minds that think on their own, not buying what they're selling. So they're going after the kids, marketing to them just like big tobacco did back in the 50's. And in a big and not so subtle way. With DeVos in the education house, their influence could begin as early as kindergarten.

                          This is an important story line. One tip of a very large iceberg, Thank you for bringing it CZ.

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