Originally Posted by L'Incandescent
Of course there are people who identify as liberals who are quick to identify anyone who disagrees with them as a bigot, and they are annoying as hell, no doubt about it. But on the other hand, there are also many people whose attitude is "I want to use the power of the state, or at very minimum the power of social convention, to make life really hard for people I don't like. And if you don't think I should have the power to do that, you're
the one who's intolerant HAHAHA gotcha!" It's a deeply dishonest rhetorical move.
Nobody should have to accept or like ideas that are hateful to them. I just think that the whole "tolerance" angle is bullshit, as it's just a code word for "accepting what I think should be accepted." It has nothing to do with tolerance in an objective sense.
"tolerance" just means you accept the right of people, things and ideas that you dislike to exist. The confusion comes from people, largely on the left, using "intolerance" as a code for anything short of whole-hearted endorsement of certain people and ideas, but those same people don't apply anything like the same standards to those people and ideas that they dislike.Edited by munchausen - 9/14/13 at 8:29am