THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 523, June 14, 2009
Clearly, no nation with a Bill of Rights that includes
freedom of expression has any place anywhere for
anything even remotely like the FCC.
Attribute to The Libertarian Enterprise
This is one of those sore points that have bugged me at times.
There is a website named tolerance.org, run by Morris Dees, that should be definitive, don't you think? Let's look at the SPLC/Morris Dees definition of the word "tolerance":
Wrong, Wrong, Wrong!
"Tolerance" in no way implies appreciation, and hardly at all implies respect. It implies acceptance only that others are a certain way, not that one is going to adopt the ways of others.
When you tell a person, "I will tolerate you," it is not a friendly statement. You are certainly not showing respect or appreciation.
Do you see "respect" or "appreciation" in there? I sure don't!
What is going on here?
I think it is this way. Tolerance, in the conventional definition, is something that everyone should have. This is a view most people would share. I certainly do. It just means you won't attack people merely because they are different than you.
I think Unesco, SPLC et. al. decided to try to piggy-back onto this, the connotation of respect and appreciation; so when people are taught to be "tolerant" (as they should be) they will think that means to "respect diversity" and all that crap, with the inevitable downgrading of one's own personal standards, in comparison. It's the whole point of multiculturalismraise others, degrade your own (especially if your own is something like "western" or "Christian").
Friedrich Hayek mentioned this tactic in his book The Road to Serfdom:
Of course the word has been almost ruined by now, like so many other good English words, since this misapplication is so common in the propaganda organs, er, I mean, media today.
It's even more hilarious when you consider Dees and his SPLC outfit spend so much effort dehumanizing people in the militias. They are not even tolerant of them in the 1913 sense, never mind the recent propaganda sense of "appreciation". They even have a link on their homepage where you can learn to "deconstruct biased language"! I guess statists don't have to be consistent.
Be tolerant, and teach your kids to be tolerant. But while you are teaching them this, make sure you teach them what tolerance meansand what it does not mean. There is nothing wrong with appreciation and respect, but that calls for the application of standards you might not share with others. You don't have to appreciate every load of crap in the world.