Bloomberg Attacks Ivy League Liberals
Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 4, 2014
Last week former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave the commencement speech at Harvard University. With some refreshing candor, Bloomberg castigated Ivy League schools for their censorship of those with conservative views. Bloomberg’s comments in the video below included:
- “There’s a word for that idea: censorship. And it is just a modern-day form of McCarthyism. Think about the irony: In the 1950s, the right wing was attempting to repress left wing ideas. Today, on many college campuses, it is liberals trying to repress conservative ideas even as conservative faculty members are at risk of becoming an endangered species.”
- “There was more disagreement among the old Soviet politburo than there is among Ivy League donors”.
- Neither conservatives nor liberals have a “monopoly of truth or God on its side.”
- After saying that 90% of Ivy League employees’ contributions in the 2012 presidential campaign went to Obama, Bloomberg concluded “you really have to wonder whether students are being exposed to the diversity of views that a great university should offer”.
The facts that Bloomberg states should be enough to cause concern as to the direction free speech and thought in our institutions of higher education. The fact that they are repeated by the very liberal Michael Bloomberg is telling. They may indicate a man concerned with his own constituent’s close-mindedness. On the other hand, Bloomberg may be concerned that inhibiting free speech has dangerous consequences for his liberal views when the inevitable occurs and the Right once again becomes the prevalent power in the country. As history has shown, after the genie is left out of the bottle, re-corking it becomes problematic.