On the Intolerant Left

Vigo, Julian
Date Written:  2017-11-10
Publisher:  CounterPunch
Year Published:  2017
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21787

Julian Vigo's concern with the growing pattern of intellectual and political intolerance he's witnessed within allegedly progressive circles.



It is troubling today that in the spaces that one would most expect tolerance for diverse points of views (ie. within academic circles), that these are the very spaces where difference of opinion is least tolerated. Nuanced ideas on many social and political issues today are being more competently undertaken by journalists, than seasoned academics. For instance, I find the situation of the fight against NGO's boats in Italy this past summer very closely mirrors the ethos behind Brexit. As Mike Carter's Guardian article reveals, immigration was the pretext for Brexit with the symptoms being poverty, ill-health, joblessness, and hopelessness. The reasons behind Brexit has been firmly laid at the government's ill-handling of the economy since Thatcher and there is no evidence to show any differently even today.
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