“Tolerance for other people’s ideas and the freedom to express your own are . . . perpetually vulnerable to the tyrannical tendencies of monarchs, mobs, and majorities, and lately we’ve seen those tendencies manifest themselves too often, both on college campuses and in our society,” the 72-year-old entrepreneur and philanthropist said at the university’s 363d commencement, held in Harvard Yard.
“On every issue you must follow the evidence where it leads and listen to people where they are,” the former New York City mayor told 6,000-plus undergraduate and graduate students who earned degrees. “If you do that, there is no problem we cannot solve, no gridlock we cannot break, no compromise we cannot broker,” he added.
Bloomberg also condemned how, he said, college campuses seem to increasingly profess only liberal viewpoints and refuse to listen to conservative ideas. “A liberal arts education must not be the art of liberalism,” he said.
Yeah, sure, but then this was the same guy who tried to put through a law legislating how big a soda pop you could order in his city.
Has he learned something? Aw, probably not. In Canada, we say, if you are free, it is a state of nature for you. You will always be free and will naturally pledge loyalty to those who recognize your freedom and help you protect it.
Of course, there are other kinds of people, but we will not discuss them here just now.
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