Monday, October 6, 2014

Potemkin Village: How a Fundraising Genius Pulled Off the Biggest Scam in the History of the American Right

From:  Gary North 

by Gary North 

I'm now going to tell you a story that you have never heard. It is one of the most amazing stories in the history of education. It is also one of the most amazing stories in the history of the American conservative movement.

George Roche was the greatest fundraiser in academic history. There may be college presidents at Harvard or Yale who raised more money, although I doubt it. But never has anybody raised as much money for any academic institution by means of a complete deception. It was the greatest single deception I ever saw in the conservative movement. He was a genius. 

Hillsdale College has a reputation for being very conservative. It has that reputation because of George Roche. 

Roche had a strategy. He copied that strategy from Leonard Read at the Foundation for Economic Education. The strategy worked, but it was ultimately a gigantic deception.  MORE

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