Thursday, September 07, 2006

When Tolerance Doesn't Mean Toleration

Well put:
Forty years ago, the radical philosopher Herbert Marcuse penned an essay entitled "Repressive Tolerance."
In that essay Marcuse offered what has now become a familiar argument
about tolerance -- all opinions and belief systems should be tolerated,
except those that are not uniformly tolerant.

In other words, only liberal positions and belief systems were to be
tolerated, since "repressive" beliefs did not deserve toleration. So
much for tolerance in toleration. Read More.

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