Charles Koch is considered one of the most businessmen in the United States. Koch along with his brother David turned their family owned company into one of the largest privately owned corporations in America. The Koch brothers are involved in a variety of business ventures, and Charles is known for his undying loyalty to the Republican ideology. Koch is a major donor to Republican universities and causes that further the conservative viewpoint.
But the eighty-year-old Koch is not happy with his Republican party these days, and he is particularly upset with colleges and universities that are playing it safe and avoiding controversial topics and speakers on campus. In fact, Charles Koch has teamed up with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and the men have openly expressed their disdain for the attitude of conformity that has stifled the freedom of expression on university campuses around the country.
It is true. Universities are taking the high road when it comes to dealing with controversial topics and people. Colleges aren’t inviting the free-thinkers that are going against the grain of conformity and are shaking up the status quo, according to Koch. University administrators are too concern about the major donations. Narrow-minded thinking is holding higher-education captive, according to Mr. Bloomberg. The climate of conformity that exists on campuses has reached a level that concerns Koch, and he is speaking out to stop the sameness that leads to social destruction.
Students are afraid to openly discuss topics that must be talked about it in today’s global environment. The ability to offend and upset is the catalyst that affects change, and that ability is being ignored on college campuses today, according to Bloomberg and Koch. The controversial topics of yesteryear are now accepted beliefs and perceptions because they were openly addressed by institutions of higher learning years ago. Students and faculty members talked about gay and lesbian rights, civil disobedience, and the right for women to vote on campuses around the country and the attitude of the nation changed.
Mr. Koch wants universities to get back to the basics of learning which are to discuss radical ideas openly and without prejudice.