Tolerance fails as a virtue, first of all, because it is in some ways demeaning to people. It is much better to speak of “respect” or “empathy.”
But that is precisely the problem—common sense tells us that there are people who cannot and ought not to command our respect or empathy. We regard what they stand for as stupid, crazy, evil, or all three.
To be respectful of them would be to abandon all moral sense, so that a completely tolerant person would be totally passive, without a moral center.
Thus we fall back on “tolerance,” which merely means conceding to people the right to be who they are, while withholding our respect.
But the determined advocates of tolerance are not content with that and keep slipping back into making tolerance imply the necessity of respect…
Thus the obligation of tolerance leads inexorably to intolerance, turning the claim to be tolerant into a tautology, a statement that merely repeats itself – „I am tolerant except about those things of which I am intolerant“.
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Ben Shapiro (born January 15, 1984) is an American conservative political commentator, media host, and attorney.
At age 17, he became the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the United States. He writes columns for Creators Syndicate, Newsweek, and Ami Magazine, serves as editor emeritus for The Daily Wire, which he founded, and hosts The Ben Shapiro Show, a daily political podcast and live radio show.
An editor-at-large of Breitbart News between 2012 and 2016, he has written eleven books, the first being Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth (2004) and the latest being How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps (2020).
Shapiro speaks at college campuses across the United States. In his speeches, he often presents a conservative viewpoint on controversial subjects. He spoke at 37 campuses between early 2016 and late 2017.