Karl Popper on Tolerance

  1. heatblast92 profile image79
    heatblast92posted 5 years ago

    Quoting Popper:

    '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...

    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.'

    To what extent do you agree on this? How far backwards should one bend over in order to keep the peace with the intolerant?