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I think the intolerance toward alt-righters generally is there because of their opinions on certain matters, such as
-abortion and birth control
Their opinions on these matters usually lack any humanity and put the majority of liberals in a box. When one basically claims someone doesn’t deserve to be here, that’s not an opinion any more, thus it’s heavily fought against.
Acceptance of opinion on simple things is still very much there, liberals are just fed up with their opinions on the big stuff. Those opinions can’t simply be “accepted”.
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I really like the answer @bente2 gave you.
The German writer Wilhelm Busch once famously said: "tolerance is good - but not towards intolerance."
The problem with the far-right (or "alt-right" in America) is that they throw comments and statements out there that mainly serve to provoke people, scare people or rile up supporters. Only so they can then turn around and play the innocent victim card.
For example an alt-righter might say: "I think it's cool that Trump is separating children from their parents. Immigrants are scum and they deserve this." As liberals, we basically have two options in such a situation. Either, we shut up about it and don't respond anything. This approach is highly problematic because it legitimizes the most despicable and odious of views. In the realm of public discourse, tacit disagreement often equals agreement. For example when the Germans cried after WWII: "c'mon everyone! We never liked the nazis! We didn't even know about the concentration camps!" The allies were right to tell them to fuck off. If you didn't like the nazis, then why didn't you ever say something? Why didn't you do something against it before it became so bad? So many insufferable lies and crocodile tears.
And you know how that famous quote by Martin Niemöller goes: "First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me."
Now, does this mean every alt-right guy is a nazi? Of course not. However, the alt right still spills more than enough odious views and liberals don't want to make the same mistake again.
So, the other approach is to respond: "fuck you man. That's such a dickish thing to say. Even if you don't like immigrants, you wouldn't have wanted to be separated by your parents as a small child."
At this, the alt-right guy will then react butthurt and sulky and play the fake victim card: "what? what's your problem? I'm just stating my opinion! Why are you being so mean and oppressive to me?".
And that's the point. Liberals are very accepting of actual OPINIONS that differ. However, we won't sit idly by as right-wingers say stuff that even conservatives 30 years ago would have considered outrageous and pretend like it's "just another opinion".
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I recognize the hypocrisy of liberals with their intolerance but, in all fairness, they do not have a monopoly on hypocrisy. The right is hypocritical when they say they want the government out of our personal lives but they want to legislate on issues concerning morality.
However, in general, it does seem that liberals are very quick to be intolerant, to be self-righteous, and to invoke the justification that - since they are so OBVIOUSLY correct - the end justifies the means and they will do whatever is expedient in accomplishing their objective (e. g., no respect for the orderly process of governance.)