1. Cabrera sounds like Captain Renault. He should have actually said that he was “shocked – shocked to find that there were deals like this”
2. The deals seem pretty stupid in terms of the level of involvement that the Koch’s wanted. I say stupid because they should have known that it would look bad when it came out, and it wasn’t necessary. As long as the president and provost want the money to keep coming in they will make sure the donor is happy.
3. Provosts and presidents can do that because universities are like schoolyards.
4. None of this alters the fact that Nancy MacLean engaged in historical malpractice.
5. I will continue to judge academics at George Mason, whether they are in economics, Mercatus, the law school, or any other department or center, based upon what they do as individuals. That means that Mark Koyama and Noel Johnson are among the best economic historians working now, Robin Hanson and Arnold Kling are willing to play fast and loose with evidence to support their claims, and I still don’t understand why Tyler Cowen gets so much attention.
6. This is the third time I have posted something critical of Democracy in Chains and I still haven’t gotten any Koch money.