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When universities sell their souls, why do they have to sell so cheaply? | Los Angeles Times | July 2014

The case involves Arizona State University, which on Tuesday posted a job for an assistant professor in the history of capitalism and political economy… .

As it happens, the appointment is in ASU’s new Center for Political Thought and Leadership, which was seeded in part by a five-year grant of $1.129 million from the Charles Koch Foundation… .

Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Except that a university’s connivance in what sounds to be a predigested outlook on intellectual history raises obvious questions, the main one of which is: If ASU was to sell its intellectual soul, couldn’t it have gotten more than $1.129 million for it?