If intolerance is taken here as an act against "Free Speech" then it's wrong. But even free speech has its limitations in the form of libel and slander, hate speech and false exclamations like shouting "Fire" in a crowded theatre or bomb in an airport. We are expected to use a certain amount of civility and common sense in our everyday discourse with each other. You may not shout profanity in an open Court room or disturb the peace in a neighborhood or holler in a place of business, hospital, library or classroom. So ultimately tolerance is limited to the acceptable behavior according to a societies rules and laws. As far as freedom of thought it again depends on your ability to express your views in an acceptable manner, regardless of their unpopular nature. What I think is intolerant and what I choose to display or accept are two different animals. It takes a little tact, experience and charm to express your thoughts without being considered intolerant.
I worked in a business were the parents would let their children run around unattended grabbing and mishandling expensive merchandise. I could not say anything instructive to the children without offending the parents and couldn't tell them to control their child without being offensive. So I would say in a nice but semi sarcastic way to the child "Oh no, mommy/daddy is going to have to pay hundreds of dollars for that broken merchandise!" Talk about watching a parent move fast to control their child. I think it's ridiculous that I had to think of some politically correct way to handle the situation, instead of being able to just say "hey lady or dude control your brat! ermm... I mean little darling." I'm sure saying that would've been considered intolerant? But wasn't their behavior intolerable?
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Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.