Marcuse and Obama: No Small Change

Ron Radosh, writing on PJMedia, dug back into New Left history and political theory in coming up with an explanation for the IRS's targeting of conservative groups.  Radosh provided a telling quote from Herbert Marcuse's theory of "repressive tolerance" article of 1965. I doubt whether it really applies to the IRS scandal but it's timely in other ways."Surely, no government can be expected to foster its own subversion, but in a democracy such a right is vested in the people (i.e. in the majority of the people). This means that the ways should not be blocked on which a subversive majority could develop, and blocked if they are by organized repression and indoctrination, their reopening may require apparently undemocratic means. They would include the withdrawal of toleration of speech and assembly from groups and movements which promote aggressive policies, armament, chauvinism, discrimination on the grounds of race and religion, or which oppose the extension of public services,...(Read Full Article)

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