From Tolerance to Repression and Back: Herbert Marcuse and the (Il)-Liberal Politics of Inclusion

  • Morgan Shipley Michigan State University


This is not an essay about tolerance as an end in itself; nor does it search for ways to extend the current model of tolerance in the post-industrial world. Rather, this essay explores the implosion of tolerance politically in the United States, how in the name of tolerance, according to Herbert Marcuse, “its most effective manifestations serv[e] the cause of oppression,” and the ways that tolerance can regain its (potentially) progressive nature. This essay attempts to uncover the promise of tolerance in order to create the theoretical and physical space needed for honest and progressive dissent to flourish and function amongst a democratic polity jaded by the failed promises of Western Liberalism [Read full article]....