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Time to #UnKoch Higher Ed! @FsuProgress

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New FSU President John Thrasher is taking a stance on controversy surrounding the Koch-funded faculty positions at the university that echoes the stance now being taken by those at the University of Illinois who have rescinded the offer letter to Steven Salaita and those who support that decision. Now that they have expressed their determination to stand by that decision, they think that their critics should simply accept it, shut up about it, and move on. Similarly, instead of addressing the long-unaddressed issues at FSU, Thrasher is advising his critics simply to wait several years until the Koch Foundation grant expires—adding that the Koch brothers are unlikely to extend the grant given the current controversy.

That stance seems very disingenuous on two counts: first, the grant will have accomplished its purpose by the time that it expires and, second, the Koch brothers seem very determined to ignite controversies, rather than…

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