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McCloskey and Brill: Dimensions of tolerance

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McCloskey and Brill. 1983. Dimensions of tolerance.

In Brief

Tolerance is a learned behavior. Those who have more education or participate more in politics/law support civil rights and tolerance. Thus, it is the elites that keep American civil liberties alive. Common Americans tend to support civil rights in the abstract more than in practical applications.

(A counterliterature arose claiming that common Americans really do support democracy.)

(Criticism: if only elites keep civil liberties alive, how is not to their electoral advantage not to?)

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