Umm, shouldn’t he be giving his book away for free?

The College Fix reports.

Anti-capitalist professor makes students buy his book, then ignores it in class

‘A socialist who is truly a capitalist feeding on the naivetés of college students’

A government professor at Columbia University has been accused of exempting his own financial interest from the anti-capitalist rhetoric he espouses in class.

Mahmood Mamdani, who also directs a Uganda-based institute that questions “market forces” in society, required students last semester to buy his own textbook for a class that “never” used it, according to one of his students.

Ryan Haslauer told The College Fix he was excited to enroll in Mamdani’s “Major Debates – Study of Africa” class, given the professor’s busy schedule and accolades in the field of African studies.

Haslauer himself has a pedigree: A former Marine who served in Afghanistan, he received a “global community scholarship” to his local community college, which served as a stepping stone for his entrance into Columbia last year.

But now having seen how Mamdani runs his class, Haslauer has a bone to pick with his professor.

“I was intrigued by the fact it was a major debates class – one with happy, healthy debate,” Haslauer said in a Facebook message, quoting his own evaluation of the course. But Mamdani turned out to be “a hypocritical ‘expert’” who ran the class “like a dictatorship.”

Mamdani focused on “colonialism and the negative repercussions of capitalism … explaining that the white man looking for a profit was the reason Africa is so under-developed,” Haslauer told The Fix in a followup interview.

While that was “perfectly acceptable” curricular choice for Mamdani to make, it was not acceptable to make it “a requirement to buy his book, Define and Rule: Native as Political Science, a book we never used,” Haslauer said via Facebook.

Mamdani gave a lecture on the book shortly after it came out in 2012 at the City University of New York, sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics.