Charles Koch the wealthy Republican donor and the youngest brother of David Koch isn’t shy when it comes to expressing his opinion. Koch is on the Forbes list of the wealthiest people in the world. He acquired that wealth by turning his family business into one of the largest privately owned businesses in the world. Koch is an MIT graduate that shuns the bright lights of New York and Washington for the corn fields of Kansas.
The eighty-year-old Koch is known for conservation beliefs, but those beliefs do cross the line of libertarianism from time to time. He has even expressed his dislike for the Republican candidates recently, and he openly said Hillary Clinton may be the best person to occupy the White House for the next four years.
Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, and Charles Koch don’t see to eye to eye often. But both men feel America’s colleges, and universities are doing students an injustice by stifling free speech and taking the high road when it comes to inviting controversial figures to express their opinions of campuses around the country. Mr. Koch said students as well as college administrators and professors that go against “the culture of conformity” that exists on campuses today are ostracized, face sanctions, and are considered disruptive.
Koch believes freedom of expression and speech are empty words without the freedom to offend. But Bloomberg and Koch say universities are playing it safe and avoiding topics and people that may cause students and faculties discomfort. This closed system of coddling like ideas is ruining the basic foundation that universities have relied on for centuries. If colleges had not address topics like civil and women’s rights, gay and lesbian marriage and other controversial topics years ago the progress that has been made to accept, these touchy issues would have fallen in the arms of segregation, separation, and isolationism.
College students must be allowed to express their opinions openly and freely, according to Koch. In order for the United States to stay on top of the expanding awareness of rights, freedoms, and individualism, institutions of higher learning must set the example, according to Koch.
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