UW prof: Welfare state should 'exert control over free market'

Oliver Darcy
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A sociology professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison exclusively assigned students a textbook he authored in which he envisions a “racially just society” in which “the welfare state would rise up to exert control over the free market.”

In his course, American Racial and Ethnic Minorities,  Prof. Mustafa Emirbayer assigned, as the sole reading, his book, Racial Domination, Racial Progress, which is available for $68.31 on Amazon.

“The American welfare state – perhaps the skinniest in the developed world – could be fattened up,” he wrote in the book, co-authored with Matthew Desmond.  "[T]he skimpy American welfare state – in large part responsible for the millions of citizens living hand-to-mouth today – would expand by generous proportions."

“[T]he Welfare state would rise up to exert control over the free market, making sure to protect vulnerable citizens from its erratic whims,” he continued in the book which is currently ranked #124,659 in sales on Amazon.com.

In the syllabus for another course, Intermediate Sociological Theory, Emirbayer explains that according to “Emirbayer Rules” students in his courses are forbidden from referring to any outside authors and texts.

“When you speak in class, please refer exclusively to authors and texts we happen to be reading that day (or read earlier in the semester),” he says.

Several student - contributors to the popular site RateMyProfessor.com have leveled complaints against Emirbayer characterizing him as “biased.”

“He states his opinion and is very biased during class,” reads one post.

“His book makes some interesting points, but it’s very biased,” reads another.

The University of Wisconsin and Emirbayer did not comment despite multiple requests from CampusReform.org.

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@JosiahRyan also contributed to this report.

Oliver Darcy

Oliver Darcy


Oliver Darcy is the Editor of Digital Media at the Leadership Institute’s CampusReform.org, where he is tasked with reporting on waste, fraud, and abuse taking place on our nation's college campuses. Additionally, he is responsible for editing the website’s video content and graphic design.

Prior to joining the Leadership Institute, Oliver founded ExposingLeftists.com, a video driven website dedicated to exposing the inherent failures found at the core of liberal philosophies.

Oliver holds his bachelors of arts degree in political science, with an emphasis in both International Relations and American Politics, from the University of California at Merced.

On his spare time, he enjoys running and hiking, in addition to watching the Star Wars saga and episodes of House.

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