Talk: Frank Furedi on tolerating autonomy
- Tue 02 Oct 2012
- 6:30 pm
Sociologist and writer Frank Furedi will introduce a discussion by arguing that 21st century western society does not take the classical liberal ideal of tolerance very seriously. Tolerance is a virtue in all regards, except when it isn’t. In the wake of last year’s riots there were plenty of conservative calls for A Clockwork Orange-style ‘zero tolerance’ clampdowns on Britain’s apparently feral youth. David Cameron can simultaneously reject calls for a burqa ban as against the British tradition of tolerance, yet call for an end to the ‘passive tolerance’ of multiculturalism which permits hate speech of Islamists. In contrast, liberals proudly counter that they will ‘tolerate everything except intolerance’. Yet when the accusation of ‘intolerance’ can be applied to opponents of gay marriage, footballers accused of using racist language and those who wish to send their children to a faith school, it becomes increasingly unclear how tolerance differs from respect or approval. A Manchester Salon event. £5/£3, booking advised here.