Karl Popper, the Austrian-British political philosopher, is probably most remembered for his quote regarding the paradox of tolerance: “In order to maintain a tolerant society, the society must be intolerant of intolerance,” he wrote.
This is an interesting concept, albeit a dangerous one when it’s placed upon the slippery slope. When we define down intolerance, whoever disagrees with one’s worldview can be seen as a legitimate target of strong-arm tactics.
An object lesson of this process could be glimpsed in this week’s example of the left’s new definition of “tolerance,” in which former Attorney General Jeff Sessions‘ speech in a chapel at Massachusetts’ Amherst College on Wednesday was interrupted with a stink bomb attack and a walkout.
According to The Amherst Student, Amherst College Republicans invited Sessions; the Young America’s Foundation.sponsored the speech.