Reader asks “Is the Khan Academy’s Free Education Policy Socialistic?” Is Mish a Socialist?

by Mike ‘Mish’ Shedlock
Mish Talk

Reader Drew wants to know if the Khan Academy’s free education policy is socialistic.

Although unasked, the same question seems to apply to me.

Reader Drew writes …

Hi Mish

I know you are a fan of Sal Khan and Khan Academy. I’m wondering if you were aware of his background, his brilliance, and his decision to give away his courses for free.

My question is do you consider what he is doing socialism? How does one explain his decision not to use his brilliance for personal gain and instead to donate his time and energy on something he gives away for free? Isn’t that a contradiction of capitalism?

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