Repressive Tolerance information taken down from Wikipedia

Recently, I was listening to an interview in that in the interview it was brought up that this Repressive Tolerance had been taken down at wikipedia.

After listening to Ben Shapiros presentation where he explains it more. It made more sense to me.

Yet, from the Oxford Dictionary;


repressive tolerance


The passive acceptance of social and governmental practices, policies and actions which restrict freedom in an absolute sense. The Frankfurt School theorist Herbert Marcuse coined the term in an essay of that title for a book co-written with Robert Wolff and Barrington Moore, Critique of Pure Tolerance (1965). Repressive tolerance, Marcuse argues, takes two main forms: (i) the unthinking acceptance of entrenched attitudes and ideas, even when these are obviously damaging to other people, or indeed the environment (the painfully slow response to warnings about climate change and environmental degradation might be seen as an example of this); and (ii) the vocal endorsement of actions that are manifestly aggressive towards other people (the popular support in the US and the UK in the aftermath of 9/11 and 7/7 for the respective government‚Äôs attempts to override or limit habeas corpus is a clear example of this). Genuine tolerance, Marcuse argues, can only exist in a situation of intolerance for these limits on real freedom. Slavoj *ŇĹiŇĺek‚Äôs books Violence (2008) and In Defence of Lost Causes (2008) continue and update this line of thought.

" In the essay ‚ÄúRepressive Tolerance‚ÄĚ (1965), the Germanborn American critical theorist Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979) of the Franklin School of political theorists argued that, under the conditions of advanced industrial capitalism, the only hope for realizing the original objectives of ‚Äúliberalist‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúpure‚ÄĚ toleration (as articulated by the British philosopher John Stuart Mill [1806-1873])‚ÄĒ freeing the mind to rationally pursue the truth‚ÄĒwas to practice a deliberately selective ‚Äúliberating tolerance‚ÄĚ that both targeted and enacted the repression alluded to in the essay‚Äôs paradoxical title (Marcuse 1965, pp. 81, 85, 90). This ‚Äúliberating tolerance‚ÄĚ would involve ‚Äúthe withdrawal of toleration of speech and assembly from groups and movements‚ÄĚ on the Right, and the aggressively partisan promotion of speech, groups, and progressive movements on the Left (pp. 81, 100)."

Here is the full text to his article.

‚ÄúThe author is fully aware that, at present, no power, no authority, no government exists which would translate liberating tolerance into practice, but he believes that it is the task and duty of the intellectual to recall and preserve historical possibilities which seem to have become utopian possibilities‚Äďthat it is his task to break the concreteness of oppression in order to open the mental space in which this society can be recognized as what it is and does.‚ÄĚ

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