The Corner

Tolerance

From a reader:

Jonah,

Remember when gay rights was supposedly all about “tolerance”? This is

more evidence that from the beginning, tolerance was only the means, with

unconditional acceptance always the end goal.

To tolerate something means that one agrees to put up with something that

he or she doesn’t particularly care for (cigarette smoking, loud obnoxious

music, conservative opinion, etc.) And more often than not the mental

mechanism used is to simply “tune out” the thing being tolerated. All of

which is to say that the basic attitudes you expressed reflect those of

toleration by any standard definition that I know. And Andrew cries outrage.

Jonah Goldberg, a senior editor of National Review and the author of Suicide of the West, holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute.

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