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28th March
written by Sean Noble









The odds of filling out the perfect March Madness bracket is 1 in 9.2 quadrillion. By the end of day 1, scrappy seeded upstarts like Florida Gulf Coast University and Harvard destroyed my bracket. I had never heard of FGCU but I appreciate their athletic style of play. FGCU not only wins but wins by making Lebron-esque dunks. FGCU is also the only 15th seeded team in tournament history to make the Sweet Sixteen.

FGCU is not only a fantastic Cinderella story but also a bastion of economic liberty!

Although Florida Gulf Coast University is only 22 years old, its economics department has already developed a reputation for it’s pro-free enterprise philosophy.

A 2011 article by Jean Gruss of the Florida-based Business Observer describes how department is run by “core group of a half dozen economists whose research supports the ideas of free-market capitalism, still an unpopular subject in most faculty lounges.”

Students entering FGCU’s economic department will receive Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and take classes like the “Moral Foundations & Capitalism.”

In an academic environment controlled by the anti-capitalist cabal, FGCU is a breath of fresh air.

Only a few other colleges and universities in the U.S. are known for their research on free-market capitalism, including Hillsdale College in Michigan and Grove City College in Pennsylvania. Other schools noted for their pro-capitalist bents include George Mason University in Virginia, San Jose State and Suffolk University in Boston.

“I’d like to develop a center for free enterprise,” says Bradley Hobbs, the professor of economics who is spearheading the effort. In 2009, Hobbs was named BB&T Distinguished Professor of Free Enterprise after former BB&T Chairman John Allison made a $600,000 gift to the university to encourage teaching about the contributions of free enterprise and individual liberty.

If you are a parent looking for a college to send your child, FGCU might be the answer. The school is near the beach, has a good basketball team, and will teach your child the benefits of capitalism. What’s not to love?

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