How the Woke Stole Tolerance

On Dr. Seuss & the Absurd Cancellation of His Liberal Anti-Racism

Earlier this year, when the left waxed woke until six of Dr. Seuss's books were withdrawn from print, and the right went into predictable paroxysms of rage over "censorship," the really interesting part of the controversy went unnoticed by both sides. The real story is that in the topsy-turvy world of the woke, tolerance has become the new bigotry, and race neutrality has become the new racism.

The strange itinerary that brought the popular children's author Dr. Seuss from being an icon of the political left to being considered its enemy is illustrative of the devolution of liberalism itself as it collapses into the successor ideology of wokeism. As the left cannibalizes its own values, equality is being...


has a Master’s in Historical Theology from King’s College London and a Master’s in Library Science through the University of Oklahoma. He is the blog and media managing editor for the Fellowship of St. James and a regular contributor to Touchstone and Salvo. In addition to working as a ghost-writer for celebrities, his work has featured in a variety of publications, including the Colson Center, World Magazine, Sky News, and the Mars Hill Audio Journal. Phillips is the author of Gratitude in Life's Trenches: How to Experience the Good Life Even When Everything Is Going Wrong (Ancient Faith, 2020), and Rediscovering the Goodness of Creation: A Manuel for Recovering Gnostics (Ancient Faith, forthcoming 2023). He is a contributor to Pain, Suffering and Resilience: Orthodox Christian Perspectives (Sebastian Press, 2018), and Finding the Golden Key: Essays Towards a Recovery of the Sacramental Imagination (Eighth Day Press, forthcoming 2023). He operates a blog at

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #58, Fall 2021 Copyright © 2023 Salvo |


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