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Re: “Rand Paul's Practical Philosophy

@ Sark, I understand that your concern is that we shouldn't discriminate against people based on immutable characteristics. I would agree with you that such behavior is abhorrent and add that it makes no sense economically. What libertarians argue is not so much that people should be free to deny service to people whose immutable differences they dislike, but where does a government get the authority to bypass EVERYONE'S basic right to property in order to implement what, even on a popular level, adds nothing more to the discussion than a paternal "you should...because we said so" guidance, while simultaneously grandstanding as though the true issue of racism has been resolved. A government directive on people's preference sensibilities is silly when you really think about it's effect on the underlying issue it attempts to resolve. You can't legislate people's preferences, but you can paper them over with well intentioned acts whose passage moral elitists can point to as "proof" of society's long overdue advancement; though in truth, if you can be honest about the real issue at hand you must admit that the spectacle of our discussion with regards to race, and its consequent dumbing-down and banality, has done nothing to eradicate racism from our societies (because no government can effect such power, unless you're talking about tyrannies and dictatorships whose attempts push the limits), has assumed that the causes for this dumbing-down justifies the eradication of our rights to property in certain cases, and makes it more difficult to resolve the very real issue it proclaims to have resolved but continues to exist.

Concerning the governments role in eliminating institutional racism through its own overbearing reach (i.e. the rest of the civil rights act prohibiting racism from govt institutions) I would, I'm sure, completely agree with you.

Jim Crow laws were similarly an example of government overstepping its bounds, irregardless of their local origins. A truly free society shouldn't legislate moral questions, it should only protect the right of people to be free to make up their own moral minds. Governments, like on most other issues, are incapable of truly resolving such complicated issues.

Posted by kobe2481 on May 28, 2010 at 9:50 PM
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