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Don't Major In Intolerance

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MICHAEL BLOOMBERG
Former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg, left, receives applause from former President George H. W. Bush as he stands to receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during Harvard University commencement ceremonies, Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Cambridge, Mass. Bush was also presented with with an honorary doctor of laws degree during the ceremony. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Universities lie at the heart of the American experiment in democracy. They are places where people of all backgrounds and beliefs can come to study and debate their ideas freely and openly. I’d like to talk with you about how important it is for that freedom to exist for everyone, no matter how strongly we may disagree with another’s viewpoint.

Tolerance for other people’s ideas and the freedom to express your own are inseparable values. Joined, they form a sacred trust that holds the basis of our democratic society. But that trust is perpetually vulnerable to the tyrannical tendencies of monarchs, mobs and majorities. And lately, we have seen those tendencies manifest themselves too often, both on college campuses and in our society.

I think both Harvard and my own city of New York have been witnesses to this trend.

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