Who's More Tolerant: Liberals Or Conservatives

in General Discussion edited January 2014
In <a href="http://forums.appleinsider.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=10;t=002027#000032"; target="_blank">this thread</a> drewprops wrote:

[quote] Tolerance is not a political trait by any party.

However, people who operate from liberal foundations have a double-standard when it comes to discussing issues. They are allowed to brand those who do not share their views, but if those same people attempt the same tactics they are labeled with every non-tolerant moniker available. When this phenomenon is brought to their attention they feign innocence while their abuse gets even nastier.

I hate politics, but I hate double-standards even more.

Finally, hasn't this wandered into APPLE OUTSIDER territory? <hr></blockquote>



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    eugeneeugene Posts: 8,254member
    The answer to your question: Moderates.
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    [quote]I hate politics, but I hate double-standards even more.<hr></blockquote>

    I imagine you must be blowing fuses constantly re.

    the 'war on terrorism', US foreign policy, the 'war on drugs', the so called crackdown on corporate corruption..etc etc etc etc etc....all these are riddled with the most horrendously blatant double standards.
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    outsideroutsider Posts: 6,008member
    I second Eugene. Both Conservatives and Liberals are too extreme in how they view the other side of the issue. Only moderates have the capacity to be even-handed and unbiased (most of the time).
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    cdhostagecdhostage Posts: 1,038member
    There are no nbiased humans. That's why I'm going to vote my hamster Roger as the next President.

    I don't have a hamster, nor do I own any other rodents. I eat the rabbits I shoot with my crossbow every once in a while.
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    g4dudeg4dude Posts: 1,016member
    I'd say that the most tolerant people out of the two major political parties are moderate Republicans. Too many liberals are hypocrates and hold a double standard when it comes to "tolerance."
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    jrcjrc Posts: 804member
    [quote]Originally posted by glurx:

    <strong>In <a href="http://forums.appleinsider.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=10;t=002027#000032"; target="_blank">this thread</a> drewprops wrote:


    Liberals are more tolerant, unless it's a conservative person/agenda. Mainly due to liberals letting anyone do anything they want and not judging.

    Conservatives on the other hand have their political agenda based on certain principles that make others' freedom to do anything they want wrong. In other words, conservatives don't like to stand by and let certain beliefs get changed in the populace.

    So, in effect, I'd say liberals are more tolerant in general than conservatives. It's almost by definition. However, liberals cannot usually stand to TOLERATE conservative principles.
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    brussellbrussell Posts: 9,812member
    Is tolerance a good thing?
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    outsideroutsider Posts: 6,008member
    Now that is the question.
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    finboyfinboy Posts: 383member
    [quote]Originally posted by BRussell:

    <strong>Is tolerance a good thing?</strong><hr></blockquote>

    That IS a good question. Like the label "moderate", tolerance usually indicates an abdication of responsibility, judgement or principle.

    I've found conservatives to me profoundly tolerant of discussion and the views of others, usually in the smug hope that airing the views will help show how ridiculous they often are.
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    splinemodelsplinemodel Posts: 7,311member
    What is tolerance anyway, and is it always a good thing? No. If I am the owner of a car company, I wouldn't tolerate regular assembly defects and poor design. If such a thing happened, I'd figure a way to fix it. Is it wrong to be intolerant here? I don't think so. In a pure sense of the word, utterly tolerant people are those who don't care about anything at all. Usually the term "worthless" comes to mind to describe these types.

    If you're refering to political tolerance, which would fit the context of the question, then continue.

    First of all, the term Liberal and Conservative don't exactly fit into Democrat and Republican well at all, and as far as I know, NO party on earth associated with the word "Liberal" is particularly Liberal in the meaning of the word. That's why true liberals had to come up with a new term: Libertarian.

    Getting back to the Liberal/Conservative debate, here's a reiterated view of very generalized American political slants.

    Liberal: Economic oppression and control, social freedoms.

    Conservative: Economic freedom, social oppression and control.

    Arguably, both of these groups are moderate, since they have certain slants toward freedom, certain slants towards control, and there's a lot of gray area in their policy making anyway. However, where there is desire for control, there is less desire for tolerance.

    Libertarians are extreme by our standards, yet they are the most tolerant group of all since they believe in economic and social freedom. While they do not tolerate socialism, coercive control, or anything of that sort, this type of intolerance is the same as the kind exhibited by the automaker described above, and I don't think it applies to the topic.
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    groveratgroverat Posts: 10,872member
    People determine tolerance levels, not schools of thinking or politics.

    [quote]Like the label "moderate", tolerance usually indicates an abdication of responsibility, judgement or principle.<hr></blockquote>

    Not at all. That doesn't even make sense knowing the definition of the word "moderate".

    Tolerance is not forgetting your beliefs, but opening yourself up to the beliefs of others. And if that's a bad thing...

    Tolerance is good in 99.99% of life's situations.
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