The Threat of Intolerance

Connecting over difference in the Omo Valley © Anthony Fieldman 2018

The British philosopher Karl Popper once said, “In order to maintain a tolerant society, the society must be intolerant of intolerance. He went on, “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.”

He called this the paradox of tolerance, riffing on Plato’s earlier musings about “benevolent despotism”. While…

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