Former New York City Mayor and powerful gun control advocate Michael Bloomberg delivered a surprisingly bold message about the dangers of suppressing different political ideas during his commencement speech at Harvard University on Thursday.
In fact, he called out the entire Ivy League for attempting to shut out all conservative thought, nearly making conservative faculty members an “endangered species.” He also called the act of repressing free expression a “natural human weakness” that must be fought “at every turn.”
“There’s a word for that idea: censorship. And it is just a modern-day form of McCarthyism,” Bloomberg told Harvard graduates. “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.”
Bloomberg argued that attempts to censor conservative ideas are common in the Ivy League, noting that 96 percent of all campaign contributions from Ivy League faculty and employees went to Barack Obama in 2012. Bloomberg also supported Obama in 2012.
“There was more disagreement among the old Soviet politburo than there is among Ivy League donors,” he added.
Neither Republicans or Democrats have a “monopoly of truth or God on its side,” Bloomberg continued. But when 96 percent of Ivy League donors are choosing one candidate, “you really have to wonder whether students are being exposed to the diversity of views that a great university should offer,” he said.
For many conservatives, Bloomberg’s anti-gun views and big government mentality are deal breakers as far as politics go, but he seems to have found at least some common ground with them in this speech.
You can watch Bloomberg’s entire speech below:
(H/T: NY Post)