In the essay “Repressive Tolerance” (), the Germanborn American critical theorist Herbert Marcuse () of the Franklin School of political theorists . When Herbert Marcuse’s essay entitled “Repressive tolerance” was Keywords: Repressive Tolerance; Herbert Marcuse; Social Organisation of Knowledge. Herbert Marcuse’s resonant and insightful words: “In the contemporary period, the democratic argument for abstract tolerance tends to be.
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In the society at large, the mental space for denial and reflection must first be recreated. Thus, within a repressive society, even progressive movements threaten to turn into their opposite to the degree to which they accept the rules of the game. The toleration of free discussion and the equal right of opposites was to define and clarify the different forms of dissent: This common and historical ‘ought’ is not immediately evident, at hand: The radical critics of the existing political process are thus readily denounced as advocating an ‘elitism’, a dictatorship of intellectuals as an alternative.
Chandra faculty website ; Frankfurt School texts page. Then, the laborer, whose real interest conflicts with that of management, the common consumer whose real interest conflicts with that mmarcuse the producer, the intellectual whose vocation conflicts with that of his employer find themselves submitting to a system against which they are powerless and appear unreasonable.
They write that the purpose of the book is to discuss the political role of tolerance and that toelrance their disagreements with each other they believe that “the prevailing theory and practice of tolerance” is hypocritical and conceals “appalling political realities. Consequently, true pacification requires the withdrawal of tolerance before the deed, at the represssive of communication in word, print, and picture.
All points of view can be heard: The reprssive under which tolerance can again become a liberating and humanizing force have still to be created.
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Instead, it encourages non-conformity and letting-go in ways which leave the real engines of repression in the society entirely intact, which even strengthen these engines by substituting the satisfactions of private, and personal rebellion for a more than private and personal, and therefore more authentic, opposition.
For the facts are never given immediately and never accessible immediately; they are established, ‘mediated’ by those who made them; the truth, ‘the whole truth’ surpasses these facts and requires the rupture hefbert their appearance.
Towards A Critical Society: As deterrents against nuclear war, as police action against subversion, as technical aid in the fight against imperialism and communism, as methods of pacification in neo-colonial massacres, violence and suppression are promulgated, practiced, and defended by democratic and authoritarian governments alike, and the people subjected to these governments are educated to sustain such practices as necessary for the preservation of the status quo.
I said toleerance, by virtue of its inner logic, withdrawal of tolerance from regressive movements, and discriminatory tolerance in favor of progressive tendencies would be tantamount to the ‘official’ promotion of subversion.
This entry was posted in Oleg Komlik and tagged democracyFrankfurt schoolmediapower. Are there historical conditions in which such toleration impedes liberation and multiplies the victims who are sacrificed to the status quo?
And the direction in which it must be sought, and the institutional and cultural changes which may help to attain the goal are, at least in developed civilization, comprehensible, that is to say, they can be identified and projected, on the basis of experience, by human reason. I shall presently discuss the question as to who is to decide on the distinction between liberating and repressive, human and inhuman teachings and practices; I have already suggested that this distinction is not a matter of value-preference but of rational criteria.
So you think I”m a loser? In this case, the discussion can have as a frame of golerance only a democratic society, in which the people, as individuals and as members of political and other organizations, participate in the making, sustaining, and changing policies. I committed this petitio principii in order to combat the pernicious ideology that tolerance is already institutionalized tolsrance this society. It isolates the individual from the one dimension where he could ‘find himself’: For this struggle, I proposed the practice of discriminating tolerance.
Freud well knew hherbert difference between progressive and regressive, liberating and destructive repression. Far from serving as a neutral medium for rational reflection, the language, its very concepts and repreesive, is transformed into a neutralizing instrument of repression.
But then, the message is canceled by the oeuvre itself: In other words, freedom is still to be created even for the freest of the existing societies. Andrew Feenberg and William Leiss. The problem is not that of an educational dictatorship, but that tolrrance breaking the tyranny of public opinion and its makers in the closed society.
However, censorship of art and literature is regressive under all circumstances. Newer Post Older Post Home. You can help by adding to it. Driven as they are by the engines of advertising, propaganda, and militarism in the service of ever-increasing affluence, advanced liberal capitalist societies are defined by their inequality.
This section needs expansion. The book includes a foreword jointly written by its authors,  and three other contributions, “Beyond Tolerance” by Robert Paul Wolff,  “Tolerance and the Scientific Outlook” by Barrington Moore Jr. Thus, the break through the false consciousness may provide the Archimedean point for a larger emancipation–at an infinitesimally small spot, to be sure, but it is on the enlargement of such small spots that the chance of change depends.
The answer to Plato’s educational dictatorship is the democratic educational dictatorship of free men. Law and order are always and everywhere the law and order which protect the established hierarchy; it is nonsensical to invoke the absolute authority of this law and this order against those who suffer from it and struggle against it–not for personal advantages and revenge, but for their share of humanity.
But I have already suggested that the democratic argument implies a necessary condition, namely, that the people must be capable of deliberating and choosing on the basis marcuwe knowledge, that they must have access to authentic information, and that, on this. The record of this ‘elite’ is not very promising, and political prerogatives for the intelligentsia may not necessarily be worse for the society as a whole.