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Free-market flop

I see where UCCS Center for the Study of Government and the Individual will fund two new professorships and create an undergraduate scholarship program with $1.49 million in grants coming from local philanthropists, El Pomar Foundation and the Charles Koch Foundation ("New professorships," Noted, June 14). It appears this is a one-sided political slant, and is it possible that Center for the Study of Government can make available time for the other economic and political views that are out there?

To the prospective students: The free market system does NOT work. Try and try as [it] may, it just doesn't work. Read "A Free-market failure in the heartland" (tinyurl.com/free-market-failure) about the dismal failure of a Koch-inspired economic plan. Kansas is now called "Brownbackistan." If you talk about the free market system of Milton Friedman of the Chicago School of Economics, one of his first failures was Chile. His son said, "The only way a Free Market system will work is in a dictatorship." I don't think any of us want that.

The suggested authors, Karl Marx, Frederic Bastiat and Alexis de Tocqueville, are good for background and history, but can their economic philosophies be applied in the 21st century? Might as well throw in Nietzsche, Plato, the Epicureans, etc. ... they all have something of value. American Theocracy and The Shock Doctrine should be two "must reads" for this course. And for you aspiring "Libertarians," name one village, town, city, county, state or country where the Libertarian philosophy is successful and flourishing today. Hint: There aren't any.

— Gary Casimir, Colorado Springs

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