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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Reducing Hate by Restoring Tolerance

Though I cannot demonstrate it statistically, I believe the US is inching toward coercive, state-directed thought control. On such “controversial” topics as immigration and race, it is increasingly risky to say anything that violates the reigning PC orthodoxy. Forget about even associating with heretics or telling “offensive” jokes. Almost any breach of the PC orthodoxy, regardless of science, cannot escape the “hateful” label.

Let’s step backwards to the 16th and 17th centuries when Europe was embroiled in savage religious wars unbelievable by today’s standards. Out of this horrific carnage came a set of ideas that offered an escape from seemingly endless sectarian violence. It is the waning of this legacy that encourages repressive political correctness. Undermining this historic inheritance has been the totalitarian left’s conscious aim. Resurrecting this legacy is vital to protect today’s dissenters from the modern version of immolation.

The idea of tolerance back then was central. As understood by John Locke (1632-1704) and others, it was a tripartite concept. There were things that one liked, things one abhorred, and in the middle was tolerance—what one could put up with, neither liking it nor finding it unbearable.

It was an admirable solution to the religious wars—one might loathe Catholicism but still stop short of slaughtering its adherents.
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