Move Over, Bernie. This Foundation Wants Millennials to Love the Free Market - 2016-07-28
If nothing else, Bernie Sanders's unexpected success in the 2016 primaries proves what many conservatives long feared: Young Americans just aren't that bothered by big government. By some polls, millennials favorable to the term "socialism" actually outnumber their peers who prefer "capitalism"—unsurprising, perhaps, from people who were either small children or not yet born when the Berlin Wall fell.
To conservatives, this is just another symptom of the creeping liberalism that has beset American schools and colleges since the 1960s. Their response over four decades has been to fund an alternate narrative by supporting free market thinkers and young scholars with a more compatible set of beliefs.
It's worked, to some extent. Funders like Bradley, Olin, Scaife and the Kochs collaborated with organizations like the Philanthropy Roundtable and funds like DonorsTrust, setting up a powerful conservative infrastructure to do battle against what they view as a liberal plot to brainwash the young on campuses everywhere. Right now, no funder plays a bigger role in this effort than Charles Koch, who annually gives over $20 million to support libertarian ideas and activities at several hundred campuses across the U.S.