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A Critique of Pure Tolerance

By Herbert Marcuse

Originally published: 1964

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Herbert Marcuse writes the third essay ‘Repressive Tolerance’ in this book made up of a collection of three essays. In the 1960’s, the book became instrumental for the emergence of the concept of ‘tolerance’ which has become a critical component and perhaps the most important virtue of today’s political correctness.

The Left’s belief in tolerance is not the pure tolerance that some assume it is, it is repressive tolerance. Repressive tolerance teaches the Left to give preference to minority groups using the dialectics of conflict, example; “the oppressed vs the oppressor”. Teaching the Left to restrain the liberty of the Right and to continually give preference to marginalised minority groups, who then become the oppressor in the fight for the mythical, objective and paradoxical equality.

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