Scene from The Parallax View (1974)

There are many on the right who view Herbert Marcuse’s essay “Repressive Tolerance” as something of a Rosetta Stone for understanding the left. It promises to decode everything from the radicalism of the late sixties, during which Marcuse was celebrated as a minor celebrity, to the “cultural Marxism” of academia and the “woke” ideology and “cancel culture” of American activists today. This has led to a steady-stream of commentary over the last few years, with titles like “How Marcuse Made Today’s Students Less Tolerant” and “Marcuse-Anon: Cult of the Pseudo-Intellectual”. (The latter admittedly is not by a right-winger but the…

Andrew Montin

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