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#85- Marcuse’s “Repressive Tolerance” Part 2

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In the second half of the conversation, Scott and Karl continue discussing Herbert Marcuse’s 1965 essay “Repressive Tolerance.”

In the course of analyzing Marcuse, Karl creates a new word: “justism.”

As Karl describes, “It’s when you take a complex reality and you reduce it to one simple concept. For Marcuse, it looks like the “justism” is towards whatever his vision of freedom is, which will require the repression of the normal people who support the established order.”

Although Scott and Karl agree with some of his criticism on the media, they find fault in his ability to show his work and give concrete solutions. As Scott puts it, “He’s a smuggler.”

Tune in to part two of the show and learn more about the Marcusean shape of intolerance.

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