God of the utopian adolescents

screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-17-25-17Herbert Marcuse, Dalrymple explains,

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).

screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-17-31-41This notion,

which was expressed in the dullest of prose, was appealing to utopian adolescents who

  1. wanted to deny that they were the most fortunate generation that had ever lived
  2. dreamed of a life completely without restraints on their pleasure


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