How The Koch Network Hijacked The War On COVID - 2021-12-22
Earlier this month, as the Omicron variant began to spread, a small liberal arts school on a tree-lined campus in Michigan called Hillsdale College announced it was launching an Academy for Science and Freedom to "educate the American people about the free exchange of scientific ideas and the proper relationship between freedom and science in the pursuit of truth."
The academy was inspired by the pandemic. "As we reflect on the worst public health fiasco in history, our pandemic response has unveiled serious issues with how science is administered," noted the college president in a press release.
But the venture isn't exactly an effort to apply science to the Covid-19 crisis. The so-called "fiasco" was government pandemic measures like mask and vaccine mandates, contact tracing, and lockdowns.
Hillsdale is a conservative Christian institution with ties to the Trump administration. And the scholars behind the academy — Scott Atlas, Jay Bhattacharya, and Martin Kulldorff — are connected to right-wing dark money attacking public health measures.