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Tolerance Is Overrated: It’s Time To Start Gatekeeping American Society Again

May 12, 2023

By Brandon Smith

Whenever we have to address the issue of “progressive” ideology in America today, the debate inevitably finds its way around to the grand idealism of “acceptance” and “tolerance.” The assertion by leftists is that they are on the side of “freedom” and human rights, and that by confronting or separating ourselves from certain behaviors we are revealing our bigotry and discrimination. In other words, leftists assert that all personal beliefs and behaviors must be embraced by the populace in order for society to become pure.

Except, this is not what they really believe. Leftists argue for tolerance of aberrant behaviors while admonishing normal human tribal and biological reactions. They have a vision for the world, and certain beliefs are not accepted within that Utopian fantasy.

The basis of the leftist religion is not a deity, it is self perception. They worship themselves and think the collective is valuable so long as it reaffirms their identity. Anything that might restrict their pursuit of self aggrandizement is considered oppressive. This is why they often argue in favor of moral relativism. They have a delusion in their mind of what they are; they see themselves as a fantastic gift to the world. But, if people are allowed to judge them on their moral failings then they will always be reminded that they are not all that impressive. So, they seek to control the views and speech of others.

While they speak constantly of acceptance, they rely on zealotry to achieve their objectives. They are highly intolerant of people who do not want to participate in their movement or their activism. In fact, one of the most used protest slogans of the political left is “silence is violence.” By refusing to support them, or by keeping to yourself, you automatically become their enemy even if you don’t directly oppose them.

At bottom what leftists really promote is a series of double standards while using accusations of bigotry as a weapon to silence their critics. They have taken control of the narrative because many Americans are afraid to say the truth out loud. The truth is, tolerance is overrated and destructive. Gatekeeping and discrimination, to a certain degree, are absolutely essential to the survival of humanity.

That is to say, intolerance of certain people, beliefs, actions and ideologies is a good thing. We need to bring back rational intolerance.

There are people within the liberty movement and conservative circles that hold more libertarian views on this issue and some of them might suggest that my position runs contrary to the concept of the non-aggression principle. They might say that as long as people are not harming us directly then we should stay out of their way. I say there is a fine line between tolerance and submissive pacifism.

Obviously the globalist establishment and their puppets within the political left are relying on provocateur tactics to a certain degree. One might suggest that they WANT us to lash out violently so they can demonize us further, or they want us to embrace government power more fully so they can paint us as authoritarian. This is a simplistic grade-school view of provocateur methods, though. In reality, the goal of provocateurs is not to get us to react, their goal is to frighten us into DOING NOTHING.

Look at the circus surrounding January 6th, for example. The establishment turned a protest of unarmed people who walked into a building and then left of their own accord into an “insurrection.” Did some people get violent? Of course, though not a single person died because of the actions of protesters. Was there property damage? Nothing compared to the billions in damages caused by the BLM and Antifa riots. But conservative protesters are being labeled enemies of the state and are being locked up right now while BLM is labeled “mostly peaceful.”

The double standard is clear, but the reason for it is often misunderstood. They do not want liberty movement organization. They do not want planned actions. They do not want open marches by conservatives. They do not want the world to see our numbers. They wants us silent and complacent and uninvolved. Provoking a reaction is not the end game. The double standard is not the end game. The end game is for conservatives to give up because they fear the double standard.

Every strategy of the left circles back around to pacification of the population, whether they are accusing us of racism or transphobia or fascism or insurrection. None of this matters. The moment we abandon the fallacies of tolerance and block destructive efforts is the moment we become truly free and effective. There are certain situations in which the non-aggression principle does not apply.

Currently, the US is experiencing full blown 4th Generation warfare. In the span of less than a decade we have seen the imposition of Critical Race Theory, trans ideology, Marxism and a spectrum of progressive concepts invade public schools. American children are being indoctrinated into the leftist fold in a dizzying propaganda blitzkrieg.

Now, the libertarian mindset would suggest that we simply pull our kids out of public schools and remove our participation. That might work for some people, but the vast majority of parents are going to continue placing their kids in schools because they feel they have no other choice. We don’t have the time needed to create new educational systems and alternatives. School vouchers are a start, but even then it would take well over a decade for parents to adjust. The only answer is to shut down the indoctrination, by force if necessary.

Leftist teachers that promote their ideology in class need to be removed from publicly funded schools. CRT, gender fluid propaganda, and one sided socialist concepts will have to be banned from these institutions. Drag shows for kids need to be punished. Gender affirmation surgeries and chemical therapies for children need to be abolished. The invasion of woke disinformation into our media needs to be confronted and companies that promote it should be buried through boycotts.

Tolerance is killing us. Intolerance is the answer. While certain ideological movements might not target you personally, they will eventually destroy everything you love through attrition. And it’s never going to stop, because moral relativism is always finding new ground to desecrate.

You will not be allowed to have principles. You won’t be allowed to call out bad behaviors. Everything evil will be made acceptable. If you really want to know where we are headed as a civilization, check out this trend being protected by courts in Pennsylvania – Satanic clubs for elementary school children at public schools. Some of these clubs are already active.

The first inclination of those of us that defend constitutional values would be to cite religious freedom. Of course, satanic and luciferian groups consistently argue that they are NOT a religion, per se. Rather they claim they are an ideological system. The reason the “After School Satan Club” uses the satanic moniker is because it is by definition religiously related. An ideological club is not necessarily protected by US courts. A religious club is protected. But should this apply to every religious club?

In a way, it makes sense that this would be the natural evolution of leftist conquest.  Eventually they are going to need some kind of religious framework to fill the void that politics leaves behind.  And what better “religion” than one that is founded in the belief of subjective morality and self obsession?

In this specific instance, I don’t accept that a cult built around promoting narcissism, moral relativism and transhumanism should be allowed around children. I think that communities should gather up their torches and pitchforks and run these people out of town, but that’s just me.

Is this intolerant? Intolerance of behavior rooted in deconstruction is absolutely necessary. Whether you are a religious person or agnostic or atheist, it is undeniable that some methodologies encompass the absolute worst in humanity and should not be embraced. The narrative of tolerance is leading us down a path to quiet compliance and consent.

The political left and the globalist establishment like to play games with our principles. It’s the old Alinsky tactic of holding your opponents to their own list of standards while you operate with no standards. That is to say, they use our love of freedom against us and suggest we must allow them to do what they want or we are not living up to the rules we value.

However, it’s not authoritarian to protect the next generation from indoctrination and it’s not hypocrisy to discriminate against the dark side. If that makes me a bigot, so be it. I would rather live in a civilization of reasonable bigots than watch the world burn in the name of foolish “equity.” 


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  • dwinblood May 12, 2023 at 7:09 am

    There is a big difference between “tolerance” and what these leftists/Marxists are doing. Tolerance is not a bad thing. Just as with most things in life it should not be treated as an absolute.

    The left is perhaps one of the least tolerant groups of people on the planet at the moment. They demand you agree with anything they personally like. If you do not then you are hated and need to be destroyed. That is not tolerance. Oh, and it is also not what the word Liberal means. That is why I call them Leftists. There is no other word I know of. I often attach Marxist to that as a lot of them are Marxists, though not all. Many of them are pushing Marxist ideology and don’t even realize it.

  • Rodster May 12, 2023 at 7:46 am

    As George Carlin once said: “When you’re born into this world, you get a ticket to the freak show and if you are born in America, you get a front row seat”.

    I totally agree, this shit needs to get shut down. Both of those pics are enough to scare the living crap out of children. But then again, it is all about destabilizing society for mommy and daddy government. And they wonder why some kids go batshit crazy in later years.

    • Laura Ann May 15, 2023 at 6:43 am

      Parents and teachers of the children watching this stuff have no morals or values, and don’t give a hoot what their kids are taught or what lifestyes they choose later on. Parents with values and high standards send their kids to Christian schools or home school. Churches won’t speak out because they are social centers and don’t want to offend anyone attending. Ditching 501c3 churches is what informed people do since pastors are gate keepers for globalism or leftist agendas.

  • Shay May 12, 2023 at 8:43 am

    On another note: Elon hires a WEF social justice executive as Twitter CEO. Well the jury was out on him, and once again he was just another globalist like Trump. Never trust anyone. No one person is going to save us including Desantis on his little world tour.

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      Brandon Smith May 12, 2023 at 1:43 pm

      It is highly unfortunate. People claim she follows a lot of pro-liberty people on Twitter, but being so close to the WEF is almost always a bad sign. I don’t see how this can turn out positive.

      • Gauntlet33 May 12, 2023 at 2:33 pm

        Plus, she was pro-mask, pro vaxx. And there’s no way Musk didn’t know that, which shows that not only is Yaccarino deep state, but again, so is Musk…both pretending to defend free speech, and both working behind the scenes to break it.

    • Michael May 13, 2023 at 5:27 am


      There are two kingdoms on earth, the Church and Civil government. And yes, no one person can save us. That is why God sent His Son Jesus.

  • David Homer May 12, 2023 at 10:13 am

    You could call it intolerance but I call it defense of my family. My children are grown with kids of their own. They don’t want me to interfere in the way they raise their children. I have to hope that I did a good enough job when they were younger that they will pass on what I taught them. If you have children at home this is the time to do things with them and teach them as much as you can. Defend them from the progressive leftist derangement now and hope for the best later.

    • Michael B May 14, 2023 at 6:53 am

      Tolerance of the intolerable got us into this mess.

  • michael webster May 12, 2023 at 10:15 am

    Ditto. An old boy in NC.

  • Surak May 12, 2023 at 11:26 am

    I see only one way out of this mess: secession. I do not want to live in a completely homogeneous society; I want to be able to learn about my mistakes by hearing other points of view. However, my leftist acquaintances have told me for decades that my tolerance of their behavior is not sufficient; they demand I positively affirm their behavior, and that I will not do. The best we can hope for is independence in smaller polities with like-minded people. I believe the world will be better off with the break-up of America, Russia, and China, all three. I have posted maps for the American breakup at my Substack and my WordPress blog of the same name.

  • riv city May 12, 2023 at 11:35 am

    They worship the devil – whether they know it or not – it is all very elemental.

  • Naatok May 12, 2023 at 11:53 am

    Brandon, in the article you state, “There are certain situations in which the non-aggression principle does not apply.”

    I disagree. Just because a course of action does not involve ‘direct’ harm, or ‘direct aggression’ does not make it a tolerable course of action. I would no more consider the ‘struggle session’ activism of these “whack job” globalists, their bought and paid for lap dogs or the useful idiots directly involved in these insane social deconstruction movements as “non-aggressive” than I would my neighbor spreading gasoline in the flower beds against the outside walls of my house. These activities are -clearly- aggressive, even if no match or lighter is struck, and therefore I agree wholeheartedly with you that we need to be intolerant toward them. But the fact remains that this does NOT violate the non-aggression principle. War has been declared and we, and our way of life are under attack. The non-aggression principle applies. These people intend their actions to do us harm.

    The right for my neighbor to swing a bat doesn’t end where my nose begins, it ends at the boundary of my personal space. Well, these arse-clowns are swinging their bats in our personal space. Their bat-holding rights are therefore nullified.

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      Brandon Smith May 12, 2023 at 1:41 pm

      I think there are situations where libertarians might view an action as “individual liberty”, such as the formation of a satanic club for children. And I would say no, in that particular instance, individual liberty does not apply here. It might not be outwardly aggressive, but the indoctrination of children into a belief system that will inevitably deconstruct everything we hold dear should be stopped. That was my point.

      • Shane May 14, 2023 at 8:50 am

        Brandon – long time reader, first time commenter. Great article as usual. In my opinion what we have here with these satanic clubs is a form of psychological abuse. Once anyone sanctions psychological, physical, or sexual abuse of children such as the trans pedophiles and the doctors/hospitals profiting from that, then for me, it is “outwardly aggressive” and in a just society the perpetrators would be dealt with swiftly and with impunity. You raise a very interesting point in that the Marxists have us paralyzed between lashing out and doing nothing.

  • Gauntlet33 May 12, 2023 at 11:58 am

    I personally generally accept people who are “different”…different cultures, different ideas and opinions, different lifestyles, etc. What I don’t accept is when their differences are pressed or forced onto me, my family, or on society in general. That’s where I draw the line, and if one realizes the hidden sinister agenda behind forcing that “acceptance”, that’s when it’s easy to say “Hell No!” to their BS. Unfortunately, if we can’t run them out with protests and pitchforks, then I think they’ve legally got us by the balls.

  • Greg B. May 12, 2023 at 1:50 pm

    I’ve heard it said that tolerance is the last virtue of a dying society. And I couldn’t agree more; the moment a society starts tolerating lifestyles and ideologies that are destructive to that society’s morals and principles you pave the way for moral and social decay to set in. Just look at what happened to Rome.

  • Mark Chatburn May 12, 2023 at 2:01 pm

    DEI, or DIE, could be LIED


    Seems like we’ve been LIED to.

  • Gauntlet33 May 12, 2023 at 3:17 pm

    Admittedly off-topic, but a great analysis of money/credit:
    “The prices of assets will go down with the decrease in credit even while the costs of goods will go up with the increase in currency. [I’ve opined before that Americans may get the worst of both the hyperinflationary and deflationary worlds — falling asset prices like in real estate; yet rising prices in consumer goods. Also why I believe Brandon’s “stagflationary” prediction is the most accurate, given that China has slowed production and the Western countries have slowed consumption.] This is the same phenomenon that strikes all inflationary economies eventually, and it makes the middle class poor fast. …Capital will seek safe-havens with ever more urgency, the preeminent being gold. Those who get there first will fare the best.”

  • NAG/Lupa May 12, 2023 at 4:45 pm

    Thanks for this article and all the comments.

    I like to think that my discernment comes before tolerance. I discern what I think about one’s behavior, the I DECIDE if I tolerate it or not.

    • Davy Crockett May 13, 2023 at 7:57 am

      Well summarised!
      Tolerant? Tolerant of WHAT? Evil?
      Love? Love for WHAT? Evil?
      Support? Support for WHAT? Evil?
      God’s law gives the discernment to know what NOT to tolerate, love or support.

  • mongoos May 12, 2023 at 5:00 pm

    “There are certain situations in which the non-aggression principle does not apply.” -Brandon Smith

    Brandon: Some months ago you said this: “…They might think that the system crashing will be to their advantage, but it is also to our advantage because it will then be open season on the globalists and their lackeys. It was always going to come down to this. If the globalists declare open war on tens of millions of [armed] liberty advocates, they will be annihilated.” I still fervently believe that this is the only way the present culture war can possibly go down. Any other course is just wishful thinking, because evil never takes a day off. Neither should we! An evil man will burn his own nation to the ground so that he may rule over the ashes. That’s exactly what is happening to us!

  • Roundball Shaman May 12, 2023 at 6:10 pm

    “… in America today, the debate inevitably finds its way around to the grand idealism of ‘acceptance’ and ‘tolerance’.”
    Each and every person is given by Our Creator self-agency and power to determine one’s own values with the companion right of setting boundaries to protect one’s personal physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual space.
    Get too close to animals and see what happens. They protect their space as if it were sacred because… it is. And so is Ours.
    This understanding is critical when it comes to ‘Acceptance’ and ‘Tolerance’. Do you have to Accept and Tolerate everything? Hell no. Again, that is a fundamental violation of our personal right to make decisions about values and morality and to set personal boundaries.
    The issue gets muddied with regard to when we have to share personal space with others… the venues of social living. Many of us are respectful of the right’s of others to set their own values for themselves. But many others are selfish and want to impost their values and ways upon all of Society. And that’s when the wheels fall off.
    The Other doesn’t get to decide My values for me. Nor do You have a right to impose Your Values on anyone else. Those who seek to take your personal agency away need to quit being so damned selfish like a little baby that always demands attention to get their way in everything (or they will BLAT!). Grow the hell up… or at least shut up.
    We the People are being attacked from every angle by those who want to rob us of our right to make decisions and judgments for ourselves. And those who do surrender those precious rights will have surrendered their very personhood and power.
    We are in a war. Not with a nation-state but with something more hidden and sinister – enemies that lurk in shadows while wielding great powers to confuse, harm, and destroy their targets – the rest of humanity. We the People have to protect and guard our God-given rights of agency and decision making like never before. Because the Enemy will never quit… so We can’t, either.

  • Jonathan May 12, 2023 at 10:12 pm

    I like how they pretend that Satan is about benevolence, empathy, critical thinking, compassion, etc.

    In reality Satan is all for hate, double standards, unfairness, stupidity, racism, totalitarianism (fascism, socialism, communism), murder, war, genocide, rape, child molestation, and every evil you can imagine.

    Anything good is of God and Christ. Anything evil or stupid is of the devil.

  • Defector May 13, 2023 at 12:09 am

    Tolerance will reach such a degree that the reasonable people will be prohibited to think so as not to offend the imbeciles (F. Dostoyevsky)
    That time has come.
    I live in Lithuania, where conservative mindset prevails to some degree, and our public school is not as bad. But the leftist are pushing their agenda so I am watching the US very carefuly.
    Most in my country still regard the family as the main unit of society.
    Brake the family, society is gone.
    All the best for you Brandon.

    • Peter Knudsvig May 23, 2023 at 9:32 pm

      A very simple but wise assessment. A family must first, protect itself, both physically and integrity wise as well, these are two equally important sides of the same coin, better known as civilization. Everything else follows from there. The most sophisticated, so called ‘enlightened’ society is doomed if those building blocks of civilization-the family is not in place, and I fear it has not been in place for at least a generation or more, most especially in America.

  • Dennis May 13, 2023 at 4:41 am

    Hey Brandon, thank you for your realistic view in this article. The Drag/Trans topic is a part of the singularity 2030 agenda. Personally I can’t take this BS any longer….

    Charlize Theron Warns She’ll ‘F— Anybody Up’ Who Comes for Drag Queens: ‘We’re in Your Corner’

    • Gauntlet33 May 15, 2023 at 5:30 pm

      I’ve heard that Charlize “herself” is trans. And have you seen what her adopted kid looks like?

  • The Old Sarge May 13, 2023 at 8:36 am

    Someone passed along a rather interesting take on the whole “tolerance” thing:

    “I will describe what I call the tyranny of tolerance. The tyranny of tolerance suggests that we have to be accepting of someone else’s point of view, but that they don’t have to have any tolerance for our point of view. So, tolerance goes both ways. The fact that we take a position and respectfully and thoughtfully articulate that position is not a judgement, it is just standing for what we believe to be true.” — David A. Bednar

  • L Garou May 13, 2023 at 9:46 am

    They’re not called the Leftist neurotic-psychotic collective for no reason.

  • Serge May 13, 2023 at 11:24 am

    “In this specific instance, I don’t accept that a cult built around promoting narcissism, moral relativism and transhumanism should be allowed around children.”
    I fully agree with you.
    The real Conservatives and parents(conservative or not) have to defend kids by any means necessary.
    Wokists and other leftist are useful and dangerous idiots in globalists hands and their Evil Agenda.

    Without surprise, concerning Conservatives, The Liberty movement and other designated enemies by the establishment, with Linda Yaccarino, censorship is expected to get worse on Twitter; not only.

    @Gauntlet33, i think the same thing. As Brandon has mentioned in numerous articles, stagflation appears to be the “best option” for the financial and globalist elites.
    @defector, “Tolerance will reach such a degree that the reasonable people will be prohibited to think so as not to offend the imbeciles” (F. Dostoyevsky).
    INDEED, very relevant quote.

  • Ric Marshall May 13, 2023 at 12:25 pm

    I can say with confidence that Herbert Marcuse would completely agree with you. He called it “repressive tolerance” in his 1965 essay. The irony? He was talking about guys like you. “Liberating tolerance then, would mean intolerance against movements from the right and tolerance for movements on the left” Which is why it made my updated (woke inspired) list of the seven deadly sins. And yes, I had to include climate denial. Oh, and transphobia. And disinformation. And…

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      Brandon Smith May 13, 2023 at 3:00 pm

      Herbert Marcuse the proponent of social engineering from the elitist Frankfurt School which developed Cultural Marxism? Yes, I do hope I’m on the naughty list of the scumbags that promote his fallacies. The funny thing is, the political left cannot survive without tolerance from the political right. We could easily wipe them off the face of the Earth if we had no morals or principles holding us back – And that’s one of the biggest differences between us. Conservatives operate on principles, while leftists have none and only seek to exploit the principles of their enemies to gain power. Conservatives care about what’s right, leftists only care about “winning.” To a certain extent, conservative tolerance is the reason why leftists exist at all.

  • Keith May 13, 2023 at 12:37 pm

    I watch the “tolerant “ crowd every day. It’s always fun to see them shut up when I tell them they have to tolerate everything or else they aren’t tolerant. They come back and say they don’t have to tolerate racism or homophobia, but then I say they do or else they can’t call themselves “tolerant”. That almost always shuts them up. Leftists HATE people with a brain who can think for themselves

    • Gauntlet33 May 15, 2023 at 5:34 pm

      Great comeback! I love it!

  • Dennis May 13, 2023 at 7:38 pm

    FYI: Humanity and Evolutionary Transhumanism: The End of Our Current Species?

  • CC May 13, 2023 at 7:48 pm

    “Tolerance is not a virtue.”

    ~~Mark E. Smith

  • Serge May 14, 2023 at 2:38 pm

    Off topic, here’s a very interesting article on mass shootings by Mike Whitney:
    In this kind of tragedy, don’t exclude that means like MK-Ultra can play a role.

  • Mr. Lee May 14, 2023 at 3:19 pm

    A society that stands for nothing and tolerates everything is destined to be come a footnote in the annals of history. First it was tolerance that has now morphed into acceptance. The next step will be participation as a pledge of allegiance to the collectivist movement known as Progressivism. This is already being played out by the trans movement chiding straight people for not dating the altered. We are seeing media suggestions around the mainstreaming of, “youth attracted person.”, aka podophiles. This falls in line perfectly with the notion that if a prepubescent does not need the permission of his/her parents to transition then they can have intimate relations with the so call youth attracted persons, ergo participation.

    This progressive movement is nothing more than Fabian Socialism 2.0. Yesterday you had Cecil Rhodes and the royal houses that made up Bilderberg. Today we have Gates, Schwab and their minions et. al. At the end of the day they are nihilists whose contribution is measured in orders of necrosis. They are dangerous in terms of the survival of our species, and the species will have to deal with them if we want to survive.

  • Rodster May 17, 2023 at 11:44 am

    My Governor and a damn good one at that. I hope he decides to stay in Florida and not run for POTUS.

    “DeSantis signs bills aimed at transgender care, pronouns, drag shows”

    Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a series of bills on Wednesday taking aim at transgender treatments for minors, pronouns in schools, bathroom use and keeping children out of drag shows.

    “We are not doing the pronoun Olympics in Florida,” DeSantis said during an event at a Christian school in Tampa. “It’s not happening here.”

    He spoke at a lectern with a sign that read, “Let Kids Be Kids.”

    LGBTQ advocates dubbed the measures the “slate of hate,” calling it the most extensive package of anti-LGBTQ legislation passed in one legislative session in Florida’s history.

  • Rodster May 17, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    Target is going Woke. They are now selling “chest Binders and tuck friendly” swimwear for children.

  • Dennis May 19, 2023 at 12:26 am

    Far-left Human Rights Campaign partnered with Pfizer to push transgender mutilation on children

  • Serge May 19, 2023 at 1:40 am

    @Dennis, indeed: Wokism is also a business and Big Pharma specifically understand that.

    Surely, Charlize Theron agrees with this following resolution:

  • Serge May 19, 2023 at 3:42 am

    In this cultural war launched by the globalist and leftist establishment, don’t forget Big Tech’s important involvement:

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