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Repressive Tolerance

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"THIS essay examines the idea of tolerance in our advanced industrial society. The conclusion reached is that the realization of the objective of tolerance would call for intolerance toward prevailing policies, attitudes, opinions, and the extension of tolerance to policies, attitudes, and opinions which are outlawed or suppressed. In other words, today tolerance appears a ...more
Published 1965
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Yuri Zbitnoff
Sep 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: philosophy, history
Pompous, convoluted Hegelian wankery and warmed over proles-versus-bourgeoisie Marxist dichotomy repurposed to justify silencing the Right and privileging the Left.
Arguably, the entire SJW playbook in one essay.

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Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This essay has seen a revival with the return of the culture wars and a left that has decided that tolerating dissent is no longer to its advantage. The essay is a better read than most of its kind, and offers a direct and well thought challenge that cannot be ignored or brushed aside with platitudes, but only defeated with ideas born out of conflict.

Repressive Tolerance is a classic of postmodernism in that it subverts ideas of tolerance, free speech, artistic expression, and the ability of rep
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Note to self: "Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster."
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German-Jewish philosopher, political theorist and sociologist, and a member of the Frankfurt School. Celebrated as the "Father of the New Left", his best known works are Eros and Civilization, One-Dimensional Man and The Aesthetic Dimension. Marcuse was a major intellectual influence on the New Left and student movements of the 1960s.
“The tolerance which enlarged the range and content of freedom was always partisan - intolerant toward the protagonists of the repressive status quo. ... Can the indiscriminate guaranty of political rights and liberties be repressive? Can such tolerance serve to contain qualitative social change? ... When tolerance mainly serves the protection and preservation of a repressive society, when it serves to neutralize opposition and to render men immune against other and better forms of life, then tolerance has been perverted. ... Liberating tolerance, then, would mean intolerance against movements from the Right and toleration of movements from the Left.” 1 likes
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