ABSTRACT

It is periodically reinforced by charm offensives in which Charles Koch attempts to rebrand his powerful political machine after every election cycle since 2014, efforts which he claims work for the public good and which are not conservative partisan. This chapter explores how these powerful whites have deployed their immense wealth, and inspired likeminded white wealthy donors, to foster sweeping legislative and judicial changes linked to limiting state and federal government support for public education and its common good goals. Ironically, while Charles Koch has viewed higher education as a primary route for his desired political change, he has simultaneously sought to diminish the governmental role in supporting public education. As authors have emphasized, the Hayek-inspired framework for societal transformation was implemented systematically by the Koch enterprise through an impressive and complex network of university centers, think tanks and foundations, and grassroots organizations.