Charlie Bertsch (cbertsch) wrote,
Charlie Bertsch
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Critique of Pure Tolerance

My favorite take-no-prisoners columnist, SFGate's Mark Morford, replies to those who complain that he is an "intolerant" liberal:
Let's refashion the old, stagnant definition of tolerance and make it less about merely enduring, merely putting up with the existence of other narrow-minded beliefs no matter how devastating and embarrassing they obviously are to the nation's health.

Rather, let's flip that sucker over and baste it with raw goat butter and sear it on the open flames of divine justice and bliss and intellectual fire and white-hot orgasm and burn it new.

Let us take the rather flaccid word tolerance and pump it full of Ecstasy and medical marijuana and sake and real divine love and fancy book learnin', turn it on its head and spin it like a bottle and reclaim it from the neocon Right and turn it into, say, giddy outrage. Or radical reconsideration. Or ecstatic rebellion. Or wet conscious electric pointed awareness. Is this not a better way?

Let us explode those dead meanings, correct the mistaken neocon dictionary. Let us hurl that dying and mealy and abused term back at their powerful and often bigoted scowl. Here is your weak, ineffectual tolerance. We cannot swallow it anymore. In fact, we are choking on it.
I'm more than a little surprised that, even in the liberal San Francisco Bay Area, Morford is not pressured to be more moderate. Or maybe he is, but refuses. Either way, as chefxh -- have a merry trip to Portland, friend -- and others have also pointed out, we are lucky to have one voice on the Left that really understands how to fight right-wing polemics with fire.
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