Repressive tolerance  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Repressive Tolerance is the title of a 1965 essay by Herbert Marcuse. Today, the concept of repressive tolerance is largely referred to as co-optation.

In her ‘Oz Trial Post-Mortem’, which was not published until it was included in "The Madwoman’s Underclothes" (1986), contributor to Schoolkids OZ Germaine Greer made the following salient points:

Before repressive tolerance became a tactic of the past, Oz could fool itself and its readers that, for some people at least, the alternative society already existed. Instead of developing a political analysis of the state we live in, instead of undertaking the patient and unsparing job of education which must precede even a pre-revolutionary situation, Oz behaved as though the revolution had already happened.

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