ASSOCIATION OF PRIVATE ENTERPRISE EDUCATION (APEE)

Academic programming is the crux of Charles Koch's "integrated strategy" for pro-corporate political change.

The Association for Private Enterprise Education  (APEE) self-describes as “an association of teachers and scholars from colleges and universities, public policy institutes, and industry with a common interest in studying and supporting the system of private enterprise.”

Our recent recordings of the APEE 2016 conference included several Koch moderated panels and many Koch-funded professors confirm their role in the "integrated strategy" 

Several professors spoke far-too candidly, about how to “take over” curriculum, majors, and hiring, and about using the classroom as “primarily as recruitment grounds” for Koch's liberty movement.

Speaking to room full of professors, the Koch foundation's Charlie Ruger was clear, “we want these great ideas of the APEE network to be applied, the way we think about it at least, across sort of an integrated structure of production for culture change,” to include “arranging state legislative testimony to make sure that, you know, these kinds of ideas have a seat on the table in public policy.”

 

See the 2016 CONFERENCE PROGRAM and a LIST OF PARTICIPANTS by university. 

FIND ALL RECORDINGS AND TRANSCRIPTS BELOW.

 

Koch's donor network includes some of the nation's wealthiest families and corporate interests. Together, the Freedom Partners are bankrolling free-market campus programming across the country at an accelerating rate in order to bolster their wealth and their stranglehold on the american political system.

It Pays To Think Koch's APEE-Thoughts

For donors, several thousands of dollars may provide a lecture series, or a paid student book club, but recent years have brought a sharp rise in the creation of professorships and multi-million dollar free-market "centers."

Charles Koch told USA Today that two-thirds of the $899 million Freedom Partners initially aimed to spend on the 2016 election, would be for "education and research."  

APEE claims to be “instrumental in establishing Chairs and Centers of Private Enterprise in colleges and universities, which in turn develop courses and programs reaching tens of thousands of students each year."

Our research, and the APEE recordings (below) show that these centers are used to leverage donor influence over hiring, curricular, and extra-curricular programs - facilitating Koch's political strategy in the public sphere and in the classroom. 

Listen for yourself. 
Also: see Alex Kotch's excellent two part series on Koch's free market centers, based on the recordings below: pt 1 and pt 2.

 

All recordings and Transcripts below


ASSOCIATION OF PRIVATE ENTERPRISE EDUCATION - 2016 Meeting

"Being a Liberty-Advancing Academic"

Monday, April 4, 2016

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  • Peter Boettke, George Mason University
  • Adam Christopher Smith, Johnson & Wales University
  • Art Carden, Samford University
  • Steve Miller, Troy University

 

"Establishing a Successful Academic Center"

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

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  • Charlie Ruger, Charles Koch Foundation
  • Howard Wall, Lindenwood University
  • Steve Gohmann, University of Louisville

 

 

"Successful Models of Programs in Private Enterprise"

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

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  • Charlie Ruger, Charles Koch Foundation
  • Steve Gohmann, University of Louisville
  • John Garen, University of Kentucky
  • Brad Thompson, Clemson University
  • Gerald Gunderson, Trinity College

 

PANEL2.C.5: "being an intellectual entrepreneur"

monday, APRIL 4, 2016

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  • George Crowley, Troy University
  • Chris Surprenant, University of New Orleans
  • Derek Yonai, Florida Southern College
  • Joshua Hall, West Virginia University

 

PANEL 3.F.6: "SCHolarship at the crossroads of policy and academia"

TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016

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  • Michael Van Beek, Mackinac Center:
  • Jonathan Williams, ALEC and William Freedland, ALEC:
  • Michael LaFaive, Mackinac Center
  • Michael Hicks, Ball State University (scheduled to attend but was unable to)