Herbert Marcuse

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Herbert Marcuse


Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979) was "a long-time observer of the advanced capitalist world from a Marxist standpoint. His analysis focuses on the role of such factors as daily life, culture and sexuality in the maintenance of capitalist society."[1]

Peter Marcuse is his son.

In These Times Founding sponsors

In 1976 founding sponsors of the Institute for Policy Studies/New American Movement linked socialist journal were;

New American Movement Speakers Bureau

In the 1980s Herbert Marcuse was a speaker on the The Crisis of Capitalism section of the NAM Speakers Bureau on the subject of Some Contradictions in Capitalism.[3]

Repressive Tolerance

Herbert Marcuse's "Repressive Tolerance"

A 1965 essay by Herbert Marcuse puts forth the idea that conservative thought must be shut down for the sake of tolerance.[4]

"Liberating tolerance, then, would mean intolerance against movements from the Right and toleration of movements from the Left."


"However, the alternative to the established semi-democratic process is not a dictatorship or elite, no matter how intellectual and intelligent, but the struggle for a real democracy. Part of this struggle is the fight against an ideology of tolerance which, in reality, favors and fortifies the conservation of the status quo of inequality and discrimination. For this struggle, I proposed the practice of discriminating tolerance. To be sure, this practice already presupposes the radical goal which it seeks to achieve. I committed this petitio principii in order to combat the pernicious ideology that tolerance is already institutionalized in this society. The tolerance which is the life element, the token of a free society, will never be the gift of the powers that be; it can, under the prevailing conditions of tyranny by the majority, only be won in the sustained effort of radical minorities, willing to break this tyranny and to work for the emergence of a free and sovereign majority - minorities intolerant, militantly intolerant and disobedient to the rules of behavior which tolerate destruction and suppression."


  • Eros and Civilization
  • One-Dimensional Man
  • Essay on Liberation



  1. New American Movement Speakers Bureau booklet, 1980s
  2. [1] In These Times home page, accessed March 6, 2010
  3. New American Movement Speakers Bureau booklet, 1980s
  4. http://www.marcuse.org/herbert/pubs/60spubs/65repressivetolerance.htm Repressive Tolerance, accessed July 15 2017