Bloomberg at Harvard: Ivy League Censorship is 'Modern McCarthyism'

Thursday, 29 May 2014 07:29 PM

By Cathy Burke

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg scolded Ivy League liberals Thursday, delivering a graduation address at Harvard that decried university censorship of conservatives as "just a modern form of McCarthyism."

"Think about the irony," said Bloomberg, an independent who endorsed President Obama's reelection, Business Insider reported.

"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."

"And that is probably nowhere more true than it is here in the Ivy League."

Bloomberg decried recent campus protests of commencement speakers because of their views, including Condoleezza Rice at Rutgers University, where protests targeted her role in the Iraq War; and Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, who canceled at Smith College because of student criticism of her agency's policies.

"The more we embrace the free exchange of ideas and the more we accept that political diversity, the healthier we are and the stronger our society will be," Bloomberg said, the Boston Globe reported.

"A liberal arts education must not be an education in the arts of liberalism," he said.

Bloomberg also lashed out at campaign contributions from Ivy League faculty members during the 2012 presidential race that showed heavily Democratic university staff, the Globe reported.

"In the 2012 presidential race, according to Federal Election Commission data, 96 percent of all campaign contributions from Ivy League faculty and employees went to Barack Obama," he said. "There was more disagreement among the old Soviet politburo than there is among Ivy League donors."

The lack of diversity deprives students of differing perspectives, he said.

"Neither party has a monopoly of truth or God on its side," he said. "When 96 percent of Ivy League donors prefer one candidate to another, you really have to wonder whether students are being exposed to the diversity of views that a great university should offer. A university cannot be great if its faculty is politically homogeneous."

Bloomberg received an honorary degree along with former President George H.W. Bush.

"It is seldom on this stage that we take the occasion to honor a former member of the cheerleading squad at Yale," Harvard provost Alan Garber said of the 41st president.

Related Stories:


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Muhammad Ali Hospitalized With Pneumonia

Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 23:27 PM

Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a sh . . .

Chicago Mayor's Teenage Son Mugged near Home

Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 22:32 PM

A spokeswoman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the mayor's 17-year-old son was mugged near the family's home.Spokeswo . . .

Protesters Shut Down Part of Mall of America in Minnesota

Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 22:25 PM

More than 1,500 protesters against police violence shut down part of the Mall of America in Minnesota on Saturday, resul . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved