This is a guest post by Connor Gibson, originally published at Huffington Post.
FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA. As the Spring, 2016 semester concluded, George Mason University sophomore Mark Hammond made a daring announcement: he ditched GMU’s economics department out of concern that Kansas billionaire Charles Koch’s preferences took precedence over his education.
GMU’s student paper, the Fourth Estate, apparently forgot to publish Mark’s op-ed online. I am republishing Mark’s writing here, with his permission. I added references to the text myself.
Last fall, when I first arrived at George Mason, I decided to major in economics. Halfway through the semester, I learned about the large amount of money GMU has accepted from Charles Koch and the power such money has given the Charles Koch Foundation at other universities.