Stephen Moore, nominee for governor of the Federal Reserve board and former advisor for Trump’s 2016 election campaign, began his talk Wednesday by giving three pieces of advice to students: do what you love, question both experts and “scientific consensus” and read the Wall Street Journal editorial page no matter one’s political affiliation.
President Trump last week signed an executive order that links federal research and education grants for colleges and universities to their unwavering commitment to “[promoting] free inquiry.” Translation: The long-standing progressive censorship game at colleges and universities is now over. Universities and colleges will immediately cease shutting down, impeding or permitting the disruption of conservative speakers, or now risk losing billions of federal research dollars that are generously given away each year to these institutions of higher learning. It is unfortunate that such an order has become a confrontational stance on America’s campuses, but academia has sadly reached that point. Young America’s Foundation, for instance, favorably settled a lawsuit over this precise issue with the University of California, Berkeley last December. UC Berkeley, facing a constitutional challenge to its speaking protocols, agreed to abolish its “high-profile speaker policy” and speaking fee schedule while implementing a policy that ensures that heckling protesters will no longer be permitted to shut down speakers on campus.
“The Cornell Republicans are bringing Stephen Moore because we believe he can provide an important and unique perspective on the administration’s economic policy,” Michael Johns ’20 said about inviting the Federal Reserve Board nominee.
Surely, Cornell’s Event Management Planning Team wants to get it right this time. After last semester’s fiery blowback, EMPT recently announced that a “new, innovative” event security fee system was forthcoming. The announcement — a passing reference tucked away deep in the umpteenth line of a campus-wide bulletin — revealed no new plan, nor did it evince any new understanding of why the event security fee is so loathed. We’ve got no doubt that EMPT has a wonderfully meticulous plan to charge student organizations for security, replete with venue size breakdowns and clever classification schemes for what constitutes a “controversy.” Better would be to scrap it all. The event security fee is in fundamental tension with the University’s commitment to free expression.
On Monday evening, two student leaders each from the Cornell Democrats and Cornell Republicans will argue a wide range of domestic and foreign policy issues in a debate moderated by the Cornell Speech and Debate Society to offer a balanced perspective of the midterm elections.