Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a liberal. He espouses strong left-wing positions on gun control, abortion, immigration, and climate change. He proposed banning the sale of many sweetened beverages over 16 ounces. He endorsed Obama in 2008.
Last week, Bloomberg traveled to Harvard University, the bastion of American liberalism, and delivered a stinging criticism of liberals.
After the obligatory attempts at joking up the student audience (“I’m excited to be … in the exact spot where Oprah stood last year. OMG.” “Don’t you just hate it when alumni put their names all over everything? I was thinking about that this morning as I walked into the Bloomberg Center.”), Bloomberg turned to the subject of freedom of speech. He began with exaltations of separation between church and state, and references to the McCarthy Scare of the 50s, familiar tropes in any liberal address. “Repressing free expression is a natural human weakness,” he told the students and faculty, “and it is up to us to fight it at every turn.” Bloomberg did not say whom he included in “us,” but most attendees probably thought they knew. Surely “us” referred to liberals – the enlightened ones who have been campaigning against dead Senator McCarthy for 65 years.
But the Mayor threw them a curve ball. Continue reading