Charles Koch was born in the year 1935. He is a political donor, contributor as well as a business person. In the political arena, he finances the Republican Party. He is the co-owner and also the chief executive officer of the Koch industries. According to Forbes survey 2010, Koch Industries is the second-largest privately owned company by revenue in the United States. Koch was ranked the 9th richest person in the world in 2014 with an estimated net worth of $ 37 billion.
Michael Bloomberg was born in the year 1942. He is a politician, philanthropist, and a business administrator. Mr. Bloomberg is also the former New York City mayor with a net worth of $ 45billion making him the 6th richest person in America and 8th in the world. He is the chief executive officer of Bloomberg L.P, which is a media company used immensely by investment professionals around the world.
In the recent college commencement season, Charles Koch and Michael Bloomberg called on all universities across the world to uphold free speech principles. During this season, speakers are invited to offer words of advice to the graduating class. They advised the grandaunts to stop oppressing freedom of expression and also tolerating controversial ideas.
Koch and Mr. Bloomberg also said that free speech accorded to the students is always crucial to the college education. They advised the administrators and faculty of universities to encourage a marketplace of ideas where individuals would air their controversial opinions without fear of intimidation or harassment. They said that those students and lecturers who dared to challenge this idea would be sanctioned officially.
Ideas such as all people having equal rights, lesbians and gays being able to marry whom they choose and women deserving the right to elect leaders were once minority views and many people found them offensive, yet many Americans now hold them dear. This is because people were allowed to discuss them freely.
Koch and Mr. Bloomberg also said they believed that the new dynamic where there would be oppression to free speech threatened the fabric of a free and democratic society as well as causing a harmful service to the students.
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