popularised the notion of ‘repressive tolerance‘, according to which the freedom to express any opinion without fear of retribution resulted in, or served, repression: it duped people into supposing that they were free. They could say anything they liked, but they lived in a society in which they decided nothing for themselves and in which they were straitjacketed by laws, conventions, moral codes, all to the material benefit of a small élite (Marcuse was some kind of Marxist).
which was expressed in the dullest of prose, was appealing to utopian adolescents who
- wanted to deny that they were the most fortunate generation that had ever lived
- dreamed of a life completely without restraints on their pleasure