Saturday Book Review: Ron Paul Liberty Defined: Discrimination
If I can stomach it, I intend to review Liberty Defined chapter-by-chapter so that you never have to read it.
Governments have notoriously written laws that segregated people whether by race, gender, or sexual orientation. This practice was common from the time of slavery until the policy was replaced with affirmative action and forced association in private affairs, thus substituting one set of violations of individual rights with another….Voluntary associations are better, are more authentic, and are longer lasting, than associations forced by legislation and imposed by bureaucrats.
History lesson on discrimination in America: America is full of racists (white people) that killed Native Americans and took their land. They then enslaved Africans to work on that land, brought them to America, and considered them property. Once the great president Abraham Lincoln fought a just war to free the slaves, they were finally free of their masters. However, racists still tried to discriminate against blacks and didn’t allow them the same rights in society as whites. The government instituted the helpful Jim Crow laws (separate but equal), but that wasn’t enough and eventually the government had to revoke the Jim Crow laws and force integration. Today, we make reparations to those groups and have laws such as affirmative action, but we will never be able to completely make up for the horrific losses inflicted.
So with that backstory, I have to admit that I agree with Ron Paul on this point: Voluntary associations are perhaps more authentic. But that is because racists want to hang out with racists, not because voluntary associations are better in that they reflect the actual will of individuals.
What is the “market force” that will make a company hire an African-American worker? Just because they are the best person for the job?
What is the “market force” that will make a restaurant allow African-Americans to eat there? Just because if they don’t they will automatically be eliminating a huge chunk of customers in a business that is notoriously difficult already?
What is the “market force” that will make a company hire a homosexual worker? Just because they are the best person for the job?
What is the “market force” that will make a business add handicap parking spots and wheelchair ramps? Just because if they don’t do so those customers will be less likely to shop there?
What is the “market force” that will make a company hire a female worker? Just because they are the best person for the job?
And what “market force” would tell that business how many handicap spots are appropriate? How many handicap and elderly customers shop there?
Obviously, these leading questions show that Ron Paul’s idea of free association is impossible. There is no “market force” that would do these things. The government is the only entity that can ensure that our society is fair and just.
Previous chapters reviewed:
Campaign Finance Reform
Central Intelligence Agency