Main Pillars of Liberalism: Tolerance

Main Pillars of Liberalism: Tolerance

Liberalism has an advantage over other ideologies: it is tolerant. Respecting other people, even though they may have strange customs, a different skin color, or a different sexual orientation is the alpha and omega of liberalism.

Liberalism also tolerates people with a different ideology and philosophical foundation, as long as these do not allow their actions to affect other people.

Liberalism Includes Socialism

Liberalists tolerate socialists, but socialists do not tolerate liberalists. The reason is simple: In a liberal constitutional state, socialists can volunteer to live under socialist systems, where private property does not exist, etc.

This is not possible in a socialist state, where everything is centrally managed and all inhabitants must follow arbitrary rules and share their production with everyone else, whether they want to or not. Here, there is no room for liberalists who believe in property rights and for peaceful individuals to be allowed to live in peace.

Where Does the Tolerance Stop?

Liberalism cannot be tolerant of everything and everyone, no matter what. For example, liberalists do not tolerate threats or use of force against peaceful individuals. The liberal society also cannot stand idly by while groups or individuals want to destroy it in order to impose their ideology on everyone else.

Thus, liberalism is not a naive ideology, but it is inclusive and tolerant of peaceful deviants of all kinds. A liberal does not have to like someone personally, but he tolerates the individual anyway, as long as this does not affect him negatively.


  • Tolerance is to accept that other people do peaceful things that you yourself do not like
  • This is one of the most important elements of this ideology
  • Liberalism tolerates (voluntary) socialism, but not vice versa
  • Liberalism does not tolerate violence or the use of force against peaceful individuals



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