Tolerance is a Floor, Not a Ceiling

Tolerance should never be mistaken as radically different from intolerance. Thomas Paine best responded to this common error in his book, “The Rights of Man”, when he wrote that tolerance was “not the opposite of Intolerance, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms.” The one, Paine wrote, assumes the right of withholding liberty, while the other assumes the right of granting it.