On Tolerance

The mantra of libertarians and supposedly that of the alt-right is freedom of expression; whether verbally, scripturally, or artistically, you have an unfettered right to express your thoughts. 

Many leftists have done a lot to supress speakers on the Right. The Berkley riots show the nasty extremes they’ll go to. But one has to ask, “if they won’t tolerate us why should tolerate them?” 

This is the paradox of tolerance. In order to have a free society, we must have a pluralist system of ideas. But such a system also allows ideas that seek to undermine it to float freely as well. How can the two co-exist? 

They can not. The famous philosopher of science and friend of the Austrian economist Friedriech Hayek; Karl Popper wrote in The Open Society and It’s Enemies that:

Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. — In this formulation, I do not imply, for instance, that we should always suppress the utterance of intolerant philosophies; as long as we can counter them by rational argument and keep them in check by public opinion, suppression would certainly be unwise. But we should claim the right to suppress them if necessary even by force; for it may easily turn out that they are not prepared to meet us on the level of rational argument, but begin by denouncing all argument; they may forbid their followers to listen to rational argument, because it is deceptive, and teach them to answer arguments by the use of their fists or pistols. We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant. We should claim that any movement preaching intolerance places itself outside the law, and we should consider incitement to intolerance and persecution as criminal, in the same way as we should consider incitement to murder, or to kidnapping, or to the revival of the slave trade, as criminal.

Popper correctly anticipated the danger of tolerance gives to the enemies of freedom. Today, the Left acts close-mindedly; insulated to all criticism or opposing ideas. They easily denounce anyone who doesnt think like them as Nazi’s, sexists, racists, etc. 

And it has come to a point where they will resort to violence to subdue us. They may be right when saying that it’s okay to “punch a nazi” (if they become a serious threat to our liberal order) but in the current state of things, it’s certainly acceptable to punch them as well. Violence is warranted against ethese aggresive college leftist.

Tolerance can only exist in a liberal society. A society that protects freedom of exchange, private property, and upholds individualism and merit. The enemies are the economic planners and collectivists. 

Those that deny our individual value and seek to herd us in masses cannot be tolerated. They are our biggest threat.

This includes the Alt-Right. They are no friends of liberty, they are as authoritarian if not more. While they have been somewhat pacifistic in their actions so far, libertarians must continue to defend the liberal tenents of free trade and free markets in rational discourse against these corporatist protectionists. As the talented Yeezus tweeted:

There is no true freedom with economic freedom 

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Manu Belmonte

Senior Editor at The Credible Hulk Magazine and writer at my personal blog learninghayek.wordpress.com

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