Conservatives seldom have a reason to cheer for longtime New York mayor and publisher, Michael Bloomberg. However, his commencement address to Harvard graduates merits attention.
Bloomberg warned, “There is an idea floating around college campuses—including here at Harvard— that scholars should be funded only if their work conforms to a particular view.”
Bloomberg noted, in the 2012 elections, 96% of all contributions from Ivy League faculty members went to Barack Obama.
Although Bloomberg also supported Obama, he warned there was “more disagreement among the Old Soviet Politburo than there is among Ivy League” faculty! He said, “A university cannot be great if its faculty is politically homogenous. A liberal arts education must not be an education in the art of liberalism.”
Bloomberg made a compelling case that today’s faculties are politically homogenous, and their students face four years of partisan indoctrination.
Students can begin to balance the scales of their education by being involved with Young America’s Foundation and its faculty.
World-class scholars have spoken to YAF audiences since its inception. The faculty members have included: Milton Friedman, Russell Kirk, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Forrest McDonald, Christina Hoff Sommers, James Gwartney, Thomas Sowell, Jeffrey Hart, Art Laffer, Newt Gingrich, Harvey Mansfield, Dean Clarence Manion, and Ludwig von Mises.
Nobel laureates James Buchanan and Vernon Smith also addressed our summer conferences.
To underscore Young America’s Foundation’s long history of working with leading academics, Libertas features the series, “Professors You Need to Know.”
Professor Paul Kengor’s scholarship and teaching is highlighted in this issue’s pages. Anyone who has had the privilege of being taught by, hearing lectures from, or reading the books of Dr. Kengor has had an enjoyable and
most informative experience. Dr. Kengor personifies an ideal faculty member.
We are occasionally asked, “What is the common denominator among Young America’s Foundation speakers?” The answer is easy: they are scholars willing and eager to help educate, motivate, and empower students. Paul Kengor, Burt Folsom, Robert George, and Walter Williams are the most frequent faculty members addressing Foundation audiences. Our leadership team works with those rare freedom-oriented teachers wherever they are found.
It is a healthy sign when a Michael Bloomberg at least warns of a “Politburo” atmosphere in our nation’s most generously supported universities. But, reform has to take place in the classroom—not just at a rare commencement address. Students, parents, and grandparents must have access to scholars who have persevered through leftist intolerance to help students learn how to think—not just the latest leftist fad of what to think.