16 Jun 2018

The Right to Discriminate

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One of the bookplates used by Harry Worcester Smith, 1865-1945.

Bruce Walker argues, perfectly correctly, that people have a right to discriminate.

The left has created a macabre myth that runs counter to the whole experience of mankind. The left has persuaded the gullible masses of America, including, sadly, most conservatives, that “discrimination” by individuals and businesses is wrong and that it violates the Constitution.

Precisely the opposite is true. All serious cognition and all honest moral judgments involve discrimination. When individuals and businesses are not free to discriminate, then the power to determine what is true and false and good and bad becomes the sole property of the state – or that even more odious creature, that lobotomized Frankenstein monster, “society.”

Instead of diverse opinions and actions freely manifest, which are what happens when the state and society are denied the power to force a certain viewpoint down the throats of private citizens and enterprises, what happens is that all debate, all differences, and all individuality are crushed based upon what those who run the state or manipulate society deem sacrosanct.


The framers never intended there to be federal laws and actual divisions of the Department of Justice prying into American’s hearts and minds and telling them what they can and cannot do with respect to their own property or businesses.

I may think, almost all of us might think, your personal opinions and inclinations wrong, stupid, even reprehensible, but that gives the rest of us no right whatsoever to tell you that you have to hire, rent to, or serve somebody against your will.

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Seattle Sam

Discrimination is what makes an economy efficient. I discriminate every day against people that do not serve me well. If there were no penalty to poor performance, you will simply get more poor performance. The fact that performance may be correlated with some gender or race or sexual characteristic does not negate this.

What (usually) separates a liberal or conservative is that a conservative believes that the best outcomes are achieved when millions of people are allowed to discriminate in everyday choices. They may attempt to persuade you to choose one over the other, but they generally understand that the ill effects of coercion outweigh the “good” effects of whatever outcome they prefer. Liberals believe there are few ill effects to coercion — but only if that coercion is applied toward outcomes they prefer.

Francis W. Porretto

It’s unfortunate that so many people cannot recognize the identity –the congruity — between anti-discrimination laws and compulsory involuntary servitude. (See also this brief piece.)

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Peter Stern

It’s called common sense….of which there is little in our current USA.


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