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I don’t often comment on specific academic jobs but this really stuck in my craw. At Arizona State University:

The School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies (SHPRS) at Arizona State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in the history of capitalism and political economy in Europe and/or the United States, from the 18th century to the present. Anticipated start date: August 2015. In addition being a member of the School’s history faculty, the successful candidate will be affiliated with the Center for Political Thought and Leadership at ASU, working closely with colleagues in program development and advancing the Center’s involvement in the wider community in Phoenix and Arizona.

Required qualifications:

Ph.D. in History or an appropriately adjacent field, specializing in the history of capitalism and political economy in Europe and/or the United States, 18th-century to the present, at the time of appointment.

Desired qualifications:

Broad command of the economic, political, and intellectual history of capitalism and political economy, in modern Europe and/or the United States
Demonstrated ability to teach introductory, upper-division, and graduate courses in the above fields, as evidenced in cover letter and CV
Research focus on (a) the relations between free-market institutions and political liberty in modern history; (b) on the contribution of economic theories and ideologies to the formation of public policy related to major sectors of modern economies such as industry, healthcare, housing education and related topics; or (c) on the intellectual history of the leading normative principles of modern political economy–economic freedom, growth and efficiency; distributive justice; political liberty, and constitutionalism.

In other words, tell us how awesome you think capitalism is if you want this job. I was immediately suspicious–“the relations between free-market instituitons and political liberty”???–and asked around. Well, who do you send the CV to? Noted Ronald Reagan and Phyllis Schlafly fan Donald Critchlow. See this Reddit thread Critchlow did that begins with him criticizing “revisionist” history that focuses on race as a start to his politics.

Critchlow was hired to head the new Center for Political Thought and Leadership at ASU. That sure sounds innocuous, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not:

The center has already received significant external support. It will house the Jack Miller Library on Constitutional Principles, a significant collection of classical books on political liberty and fundamental principles at the heart of American civic, cultural and constitutional life, and the Journal of Policy History, a peer-reviewed academic quarterly focused on the application of historical perspectives to public policy studies. The Miller Center is a non-profit, non-partisan and non-sectarian organization dedicated to the support of scholarship, teaching and study of the central ideas and themes of American history and the broader traditions of Western Civilization.

Additionally, a five-year grant providing up to $1.129 million dollars from the Charles Koch Foundation, an organization that supports research and educational programs focused on exploring the sources of well-being, will provide seed funding for the center. A post-doctoral program, faculty-student community workshops, a lecture program, student reading groups and library will offer many of the center’s activities.

Heck, why not name this the Charles Koch Chair in Corporate Hackery! And here I thought conservatives couldn’t get jobs in academia. I wonder if ASU has decided to keep this fair and balanced by allowing the CPUSA to host a center and use Venezuelan oil money to fund a position?

So the Center for Political Thought and Leadership should at least try to be relatively objective in its presentation of material, right? The center is just opening. So who is giving its opening keynote address in January? Rich Lowry! Well, you know that is going to be great. Was Dinesh D’Souza not available? Bill Kristol too busy urging policy makers to bomb brown nations?

Very nice Arizona State University. Congratulations on giving up on even the pretense of integrity by accepting Koch money to start an extremist center dedicated to serving the needs of billionaires. And I don’t know what role the History department had in this choice, but I for one would be far beyond disgusted were I a member of the department and I’d speak out about it.

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  • rea

    Well, the whole job description sounds pretty neutral, I’m sure they’ll be happy with a scholar who took a Marxist approach to all those issues. [/snark]

    • Baby Needs-A-Nym

      I see the snark tag, but seriously the only real problem is the undertone in the final paragraph. There is lots of great work left to be done on the history of capitalism and its complicated relationship with political institutions, just not under the watchful eye of Donald Critchlow.

      • Malaclypse

        but seriously the only real problem is the undertone in the final paragraph

        And aside from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?

        • “Lacking in marketplace ideology.”

          • rea

            What do you mean? The rich American cousin saves the day for his noble but impoverished English relatives, you sockdologizing old bear-trap.

      • Autonomous Coward

        +1, I’m a bit of a fan of Economic History (Fernand Braudel krew: represent) but this is political hackery of the sort more at home at George Mason than at a fine academic institution like …ASU?

        Well, of course that’s where it is. *snerk*

    • To be clear, while I have some problems with History of Capitalism as a field, a lot of those people do really good work. So it’s not about hiring a historian of American capitalism. If ASU wants to do that without making subservience to Charles Koch a tenet of the job, go for it.

      • AlanInSF

        “And here I thought conservatives couldn’t get jobs in academia.”

        It’s ASU, so that still holds.

        • Loud Liberal

          He shoots, he scores!

        • Rudolph Schnaubelt

          As one who holds two degrees from Arizona State I am embarrassed. They should just maintain their focus on athletics.

      • Linnaeus

        In my field, economic factors are getting more attention, especially concerning how those factors are intertwined with political institutions, imperial priorities, etc., so there’s out of necessity attention being paid to the history of capitalism. I think that’s a welcome development.

        • No question. My problem with the field is that a lot of them act like they are discovering the history of capitalism for the first time when in fact there is a well-known field of labor history that has been exploring these questions for a long time. But labor historians never did much to understand the internal workings of capitalist institutions and I think that’s a very valuable addition.

          • Linnaeus

            Agreed on both points. I did find it curious that the history of capitalism was being regarded as this new thing when it’s really not.

      • socraticsilence

        So, you don’t think this is Thomas Piketty’s American landing spot?

  • Lee Rudolph

    “Up to $1.129 million dollars” for five years? From a fucking billionaire? Talk about selling [out|your soul|your ass] for a vanishingly tiny fraction of pennies on the dollar!

    • DrDick

      It is the American Way!

    • FridayNext

      And that looks like a pledge. A lot of the time these pledges never come through, or only come through after the “pledger” extorts considerations and gratuities not in the original agreement. (cough*Kenneth Behring*cough.) It’s why billionaires who could afford to pay cash up front go with pledging. They get all the genuflecting for “giving” the total, but never seem to part with the full amount until the recipient smooches their ass extra hard, contract be damned, and five years later no one thinks to ask if they indeed fulfilled their pledge.

    • Whiskers

      Those damn Koch brothers! Using their massive wealth to manipulate elections, public opinion, regulatory policy, all for their own gain and to the detriment of everyone else. And they’re cheap about it too!

      • Lee Rudolph

        The old joke “We’ve agreed on what you are, now we’re just haggling about the price” loses its punch when, apparently, the self-selling recipient doesn’t even seem to be a very good haggler.

        • Autonomous Coward

          Maybe it’s a weak attempt at accusing us of jewbaiting?

          But the Koch (pronounced as the beverage) brothers aren’t Jews, they’re Dutch (and, as such, not much).

  • Larrry

    The Ludwig Von Miser Institoot at Auburn “University” is very jealous, as only a feudalist front group can be, or a medieval god.

  • The Dark Avenger

    I think Jotto should send in his CV.

    As a self-proclaimed reactionary whose previous attempts to get a foothold in American academia were thwarted by the Stalinists who controlled things back then, he’d be a shoo-in.

    • J. Otto Pohl

      My PhD is from the School of Oriental and African studies which means my training is in areas outside of Europe and the US. Although I have taught European history. But, I like Arizona a lot. I lived in Arivaca for two years. Having successfully overcome Stalinist red tape banning common law marriages today, maybe I have a shot.

      http://jpohl.blogspot.com/2014/07/finally-i-have-legalized-my-marriage.html

      • sharculese

        If there is a country where it is harder for a US citizen who is not connected to the military or powerful people like Soros to get married to one of their citizens, I don’t know what it is.

        Never change, Jotto.

        • DrDick

          I like that he thinks Soros has more influence than the Kochs, Waltons, and Coors.

          • J. Otto Pohl

            The reference is specifically to the fact that one of the few US citizens not in the military or a private military contractor who had no problems with getting married in the Kyrgyz Republic is David Levy. His aunt, Ellen Hurwitz was president of AUCA which was founded and heavily funded by Soros. And yes in the Kyrgyz Republic Soros has more influence than the Kochs, Waltons, or Coors.

            • TribalistMeathead

              I must say, it’s kind of amazing that you have an encyclopedic knowledge of George Soros’ extended family, yet your excuse for not knowing what Rush Limbaugh’s politics are is the fact that you haven’t lived in the US for several decades.

              • J. Otto Pohl

                I didn’t say anything about the extended family of G. Soros. I was talking about a relative of the head of an institution founded and heavily funded by Soros. I am familiar with that institution because I worked there for three years from 2007-2010, the same time that Mr. Levy worked there and his aunt was president.

                • TribalistMeathead

                  Yes, yes, it’s all a coincidence that your provincial nature gels perfectly with your politics.

                • wjts

                  “Provincial” is probably not the first word I’d use to describe Otto.

                • Hogan

                  So you’re connected to Soros too?

        • TribalistMeathead

          And if you’d kept reading, you would’ve read this:

          Unfortunately, for all the talk of marriage equality, it is not a reality.

          Is there ever a moment in time where it is not All About Jotto?

          • wjts

            “This is the worst kind of discrimination – the kind against me!

          • Malaclypse

            Has anyone ever seen soullite and J Otto together? It would be irresponsible not to speculate…

            • DrDick

              To his credit, I must say that JOtto generally is not as nasty and has better manners than soullite.

              • Malaclypse

                True. And J Otto knows things. But there is the weapons-grade narcissism in both cases.

                • DrDick

                  Oh yeah!

          • Jeffrey Beaumont

            I mean it is his blog about his marriage problems. So I guess we can let it all be about him there, no?

            • The Dark Avenger

              You’d be in a perfect position to write about the undisputed triumphs of capitalism outside of Europe and the US, Jotto. You just have to work on your grovelling skills.

              I didn’t say anything about the extended family of G. Soros. I was talking about a relative of the head of an institution founded and heavily funded by Soros.

              As for rich and/or well-connected people able to do stuff the hoi polloi can’t do, isn’t that a reactionary value?

            • TribalistMeathead

              It doesn’t particularly matter where he makes the statement “The tremendous advances made towards marriage equality don’t count because they haven’t benefited me,” no.

  • bg

    They have done the same thing at Florida State. The Koch Brothers have taken over the Econ Dept. Pretty soon FSU will just be a football team and a propaganda factory

    • elm

      That’s more than a bit of an exaggeration. Koch gave money for some faculty positions that had so many strings attached the school should have turned it down. But the libertarians in the department existed before the Koch money showed up and it’s not obvious the money given actually led to different hiring results. There are also plenty of non-libertarians in the department, including some leading experimental and behavioral economists.

    • FridayNext

      At least UF will be a football team and a medical school, assuming Rick Scott doesn’t sell Shands to Solantic before he leaves office.

    • See, now that’s the sort of strategic dynamism that Boards of Trustees like to see from their public university presidents.

    • Rudolph Schnaubelt

      At least they excel at football. ASU gave that up when they joined the PAC-10.

    • mathguy

      We just had a “Center for Economic Studies” established at my institution, funded by a local trucking company fortune and the Koch Brothers, led by a local wingnut economist. Looking forward to seeing similar ads if they hire. Ugh.

  • Sev

    Any possibility of a joint appointment to the Jiang Zemin Chair of Confucian Studies in Chinese Political Economy? Would help with the salary issue.

  • FlipYrWhig

    This sounds exactly like David Brat’s sinecure for applied apologistics.

  • sharculese

    Is the Ph.D part negotiable? Because I don’t have one of those but I also don’t have shame.

    • BigHank53

      Given the number of folks with PhDs who are now working revolting minimum wage mcjobs, I am thinking that many of them will be of the opinion that shame is a luxury good, which they can indulge in after they’ve retired. Or at least paid off their loans.

  • Autonomous Coward

    So the Center for Political Thought and Leadership should at least try to be relatively objectiveist in its presentation of material, right?

    FTFY.

    • MattF

      The name ‘Center for Political Thought and Leadership’ kind of gives the game away, although maybe that’s obvious. In case you were wondering, accepting Koch money is the definition of showing leadership

  • politicalfootball

    So all of a sudden you’re against affirmative action and diversity? If we’re going to have universities full of scholars, shouldn’t non-scholars be represented, too? Most Americans haven’t got college degrees, you know.

    Rather than the Koch Chair, I’d call it the Carswell Chair.

    • Might be more appropriate to call it the Karswell Chair.

    • njorl

      But it’s carved from a single, gleaming chunk of anthracite. Wear a black suit if you sit in it.

      • Hogan

        And if your hands are in your pockets, you’ll look like a disembodied head. “Who dares disturb the Great and Powerful Koch?”

  • JR

    Well, this just shows where the real university is in Arizona, Tucson.

    Being in Phoenix, Arizona State is pretty much required to be right-wing in order to continue to exist. Sad, but there it is.

    Tucson, on the other hand, is Baha Arizona, with a balance of RWNJs and Liberals, kind of. Compared to Mesa County, anyhoo. The southern tier of Arizona is represented in Congress by Democrats, and liberal ones at that.

    • NewishLawyer

      Red Wing New Jerseyans?

      I kid, I kid.

    • Tyto

      And yet, the Institute for Human Origins relocated to ASU from Berkeley. I can’t reconcile it, either.

      • Loud Liberal

        Until you read the part about dust and ribs.

    • Linnaeus

      I’ve been told that Phoenix (at least the city proper) generally votes Democratic; it’s the surrounding communities that are Republican.

      Come to think of it, ASU is in Tempe…

      • Manny Kant

        I think Phoenix and Tempe are both relatively liberal. It’s places like Scottsdale and Mesa and Glendale that are right wing.

  • pacanukeha

    The name reminds me of that other renowned institute of higher learning:
    The Derek Zoolander Center for Kids Who Can’t Read Good and Wanna Learn to Do Other Stuff Good Too

  • Any reputable historian would turn down a chance for her discipline to be classified with philosophy and religion.

    So history is now just a matter of what you happen to believe?

    • ASU merged those departments a few years ago as part of the overall restructuring that has plagued many schools, since that always targets the humanities. It’s only a matter of time before a super department exists at URI since they won’t replace any of our retired people in history, philosophy, art history, religion, etc.

      • elm

        What you say is certainly true overall, but at ASU the reorganization really wasn’t about going after the Humanities. It was more about an overall fetish from the then-President for ‘transdisciplinary’ studies and he moved around and merged a lot of departments across all fields.

        Astrophysics and geology were merged into a new school of “Earth and Space Exploration” or something like that. Biology, ecology, and environmental sciences were merged as were math and stats. Econ was taken out of the social sciences and merged into the business school. Etc. Etc.

        • Ah, thanks for the clarification.

        • sharculese

          Astrophysics and geology were merged into a new school of “Earth and Space Exploration” or something like that.

          What?

          • Sounds like biology makes a natural third there.

          • elm

            I checked again: I did, in fact, get the name right. It’s the “School of Earth and Space Exploration.” They tend to go by the acronym SESE rather than their full name, probably for quite a number of sensible reasons.

            • They tend to go by the acronym SESE

              Because one bite makes you a narcoleptic?

              I keed, I keed…

        • “… (13) Fields of a study that look like small insects at a distance. …”

          • sibusisodan

            Well played.

    • CD

      Oh please. Philosophy and Religion as academic studies are hardly “a matter of what you happen to believe.” Plenty of things to object to here, but not this.

      • Autonomous Coward

        +1, study of human institutions is, like, important and stuff.

        To attack one of the humanities as unworthy of study is to weaken them all, and (more broadly) to assault the concept of liberal education.

        • CD

          … and phil, in particular, is the systematic critique of what people “happen to believe.”

      • ChrisTS

        Thank you.

  • NewishLawyer

    Color me shocked that someone very rich wants to endow a chair that confirms to his or her particular worldview and works to prove his or her pet theories.

    There is nothing new to this and it has existed in academia since the dawn of academia probably. Robertson Davies’ Cornish trilogy features some very nice rants about all of this including the donation from the guy with strings that said The Department of Celtic Studies should be the Department of Irish Studies with the Bretons and others be damned.

    The Kochs are not the first or the last libertarians to do this. Many econ departments already seem solidly libertarian especially in the South. I read a few weeks ago about someone founding a Chair or Department of Free Enterprise someone in Colorado. I can’t remember if it was Boulder or the University of Denver. It might have been the law school of either with a nice 10 million dollar gift.

    • sharculese

      One of my roommates is, by sheer coincidence, a dude who graduated from UGA a couple of years after me and he once mentioned that his econ class was straight up just all Laffer Curve all the time.

    • BigHank53

      Not long ago I had the misfortune to encounter a recent soft-cover econ text. Not only was the ‘magazine-style’ layout a horrorshow, the content was garbage. Get this: there are traditionally considered to be three components that go into an economic enterprise: capital (for equipment, facilities, and seed money), resources (raw materials), and labor. But the authors of this tome had discovered a fourth: entrepreneurship! You or I might consider this merely a specialized form of labor deserving of higher rewards, but no!–entrepreneurship is special, and we must not ask questions about it.

      • Lee Rudolph

        Well, “entrepreneurship” does have more syllables than the first three components.

        Unless you pronounce it as “grift”.

      • CD

        Textbooks have been making that move for decades – it would be interesting to track down the first instance.

        • MAJeff

          I wonder if it has anything to do with “leadership studies” programs, or other forms of training in “scientific” domination. Certainly, the fetishism of management is a related cultural feature.

          • wjts

            I have mail-order degrees in leaderonomy and leaderology.

          • CD

            I think it pre-dates all that. The question of how to understand the returns accruing to capitalists is actually kind of interesting, and the traditional 3-factor division has obvious problems. That said, just adding “enterprise” as a 4th factor is a kludge.

      • Maybe that’s where Cheney got his fourth-branch idea.

      • Loud Liberal

        I agree that entrepreneurship is an independent element of economics. But, you cannot give capital the same dignity as labor or natural resources because capital is the product of labor and/or natural resources without which, capital doesn’t exist.

        • CD

          Labor is also the product of labor. This is a weird argument in several ways.

          You need to start by specifying the question you’re asking, and then moving to the concepts and analytics that will help you address that question. Otherwise you end up with simpleminded reductions of analytical schemas to moral arguments.

    • Linnaeus

      Color me shocked that someone very rich wants to endow a chair that confirms to his or her particular worldview and works to prove his or her pet theories.

      It’s patronage. Been going on for centuries.

      • Whiskers

        That’s kind of a stretch for the word patronage.

        Or, as the kids might say, that word patronage, I don’t think it means what you think it means.

        • DrS

          Don’t you get tired of saying silly things?

          • Lee Rudolph

            The proof is in the puddposting.

          • Whiskers

            No. Unlike most of you, I don’t think I’m saving the world with my posts.

            • DrS

              You’re a very silly person.

              • Whiskers

                Ok. You can go back to curing cancer now, DrS.

                • Malaclypse

                  I don’t see why people don’t take you seriously. It is indeed a mystery. An enigma, even.

                • Hogan

                  A riddle inside a mystery wrapped in an enema.

                • Whiskers

                  Some things that are not important to me-

                  Whether anonymous strangers think I’m silly.

                  How smart other anonymous strangers are.

                  “Winning” arguments with people on blogs.

                  Being able to express more left wing outrage than the next guy.

                  Burns, dogs, snags or dips.

                • sharculese

                  Burns, dogs, snags or dips.

                  Sorry, but these grapes are actually pretty fucking delicious.

          • sharculese

            Shallow self-importance and trying too hard at burns like the only thing Whiskers knows.

            • DrS

              The ‘burns’ have all the heat of a damp match

              • sharculese

                So you’re saying you have cured cancer?

                • DrS

                  It’s why I’m allowed on the internet, natch. I got my first gopher account for my work on Bellini duct carcinomas, which is a little funny since I was just looking for a brunch cocktail.

            • Whiskers has impressed me in one way. He is the single worst person I have ever seen in attempted witty comebacks. I mean maybe when I was in 4th grade there was someone worse but that’s actually the level he’s working. His dimness is astounding. Bet he is one hell of a great conversationalist at dinner.

              • Whiskers

                You didn’t like the crack about your tenure file, did you?

                • I know you are but what am I may not be the highest form of humor.

                • Whiskers

                  I’ll take that as a no.

                • sibusisodan

                  It was more that the crack about the tenure file was incomprehensible.

                  It was a burn so hot that it actually lowered global temperatures briefly.

                  It was fascinating.

                • Malaclypse

                  For someone who pretends not to care about winning arguments on blogs, you sure do need to have the last word, no matter how inane that word is. Don’t worry, nobody here thinks any less of you for this childish tendency.

                • Whiskers

                  Mal, buddy, I don’t think you understand what I don’t care what you think means.

                • sharculese

                  Does it mean you spend a lot of energy making sure everyone thinks that you’re totally above caring what they think?

                  Because that’s kind of what it seems like it means to you.

                • DrS

                  You didn’t like the crack about your tenure file, did you?

                  Some things that are not important to me-

                  Whether anonymous strangers think I’m silly.

                  How smart other anonymous strangers are.

                  “Winning” arguments with people on blogs.

                  Being able to express more left wing outrage than the next guy.

                  Burns, dogs, snags or dips.

                  Bless your heart, but aren’t you a treasure.

                • Whiskers

                  Thank you. I am. I’ll add you to the list of people who think that.

                  Mom
                  DrS

                • Malaclypse

                  Yep, he totally doesn’t care, guys. Above it all, he is. He is a rock; he is an island.

                • sibusisodan

                  Naturally, people who don’t care what other people think keep a list of people who think they are treasures.

        • Linnaeus

          That’s kind of a stretch for the word patronage.

          I think it’s fitting, even if the institutional forms in which patronage is established have changed over the years. But it looks to me like you have a situation in which a patron (the funders) are supporting a particular intellectual or artistic endeavor, and those funded (the clients) have some obligations to the patron.

  • mikeSchilling

    See, the Koches are job creators.

  • djw

    I’ve been wondering what the deal is with the Jack Miller centers. There’s generally half a dozen or more post-docs every year listed for political theorists at such places (maybe half of all available post-docs), and most of the time (although not all the time) the listing contain pretty big clues they’re looking for someone Straussian or similarly right-wing.

  • “Knowledge is Good” – Emil Faber

  • rea

    Higgledy piggledy
    Donald T. Critchlow
    Rifling through documents in the greatest of haste
    Trying to figure if
    Hagiographically
    Reagan and Schafly really ate paste.

    (less than completely original, but don’t remember where I’m stealing from)

  • 2liberal

    that is about 2 miles away from my residence. just remember that governments are no longer supporting higher education very much so that they have to find funding somehow.

    • njorl

      Can’t they just do product placement to fund schools? The professors can all wear Nikes and drink Coke during lectures.

      • J. Otto Pohl

        I have frequently drunk Coke during lectures. It would be great to get paid by Coca Cola to do so.

      • “The professors can all wear Nikes and drink Coke during lectures”

        I do this already. Why aren’t I getting paid?

        • TribalistMeathead

          It’s because you keep forgetting to go AHHHHHHHHH in a sigh of quasi-orgasmic delight every time you take a sip.

          • Quasi? Not good enough.

            • Autonomous Coward

              Take a cue from Gallager and give your front-row ponchos, though.

        • mikeSchilling

          Take it up with your agent.

      • Ruviana

        It makes me so happy to have both Jotto and Loomis asking approximately the same thing at about the same time!

        ETA Oooh, and we haz edit button! I had to try it out!

      • elm

        I’m teaching an intro class with hundreds of people enrolled in it in the fall. I will gladly use products in a prominent manner in front of the class for the right deal. We can even structure it as a grant and give the University it’s cut of the overhead so they’ll be OK with it. I’m not greedy, after all.

        • I think “The American Revolution Brought to You By Knob Creek” would work for me. Washington was a distiller after all. I wouldn’t even need cash for that transaction. Just product.

          • sharculese

            You joke, but that’s a web series I could seriously see a distillery paying money for.

            • runsinbackground

              I don’t see Drunk History cashing in. I can understand why Budweiser might not want to be associated with them, but isn’t this kind of goofy shit exactly the sort of branding that Jack Daniel’s would love?

              • sharculese

                I can see how liquor companies would not want to be associated with the sheer volume of booze consumed on Drunk History. That show does not really make drinking look sexy.

                • runsinbackground

                  Not sexy, no (unless they start bringing Paget Brewster back more often…), but certainly enjoyable. It’s sort of too bad that everyone’s marketing department seems to have decided that “sex sells” is the only maxim they’ll ever need. Maybe New Belgium would be a better candidate…

                  Edit – Now that I think of it, it would probably screw up the whole “Please Drink Responsibly” thing too. Ah well.

          • Malaclypse

            “A History of World Beverages, Brought to You By Dogfish Head.”

          • rea
          • CD

            Students could get a tuition break for taking the with-ads version of the course. Now that everything’s on these “course management” systems, it can’t be hard to drop an ad into each assignment.

            Surely someone has already tried this.

          • mikeSchilling

            “Knob Creek. Whiskey worth rebelling for.”

            • We need to moneitize this stuff.

              • Linnaeus

                After we incentivize, innovate, and disrupt.

                • Tyto

                  Needs more proactive leveraging of synergies.

        • DrS

          I’m thinking of a line of pro-ethically sourced cocaine tote bags, interested?

          • DrS

            tote bags supporting ethically sourced cocaine.

            However, if you can use coke as tote bag material, I think I smell a kickstarter.

          • runsinbackground

            Email me a royalty contract, then we’ll see where we are.

  • socraticsilence

    So what you’re saying is…George Mason is about to have a job opening.

  • j_kay

    But, HEY, what’s wrong with Brad DeLong, Keynesian like Krugman ON OUR SIDE, and Economic Historian at Berkeley? His site great for history geeks in general because he does alot of source-blogging and is liveblogging both world wars of last century.

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