Culture of Intolerance: Chauvinism, Class and Racism in the United States

culture of intoleranceby Mark Nathan Cohen (Yale University Press, 1998)

This book is becoming ever more timely. We so often fail to understand the limited nature of our basic convictions and values as largely conditioned by our surrounding relationships and living conditions. When we meet opposite convictions and values, we tend to think that they are wrong. It is easy to convince ourselves that we must fight these opposite convictions and values as “enemies” of our own. Once in that stance, intolerance comes easily. Cohen outlines the sources of intolerance in many areas, including ideas about sexual difference, race, property, progress, efficiency, competence, intelligence and inequality.