By Henry B.
Over at the Matt Walsh blog, Mr. Walsh has an excellent piece on why a business should be allowed to do business with whomever they please. He largely approaches the issue from the perspective of Political philosophy, explaining why freedom entails a freedom of association. I don't think, however, he quite gets into the nuts and bolts of how discrimination works, so I'll give you a quick overview of it.
When a business owner chooses, for example, not to sell to blacks, what happens? Well, the storekeeper and the black man were going to make an exchange beneficial to them both, and solely because of skin color the owner chose not to. So now the business has foregone an opportunity for profit. This policy of segregation adds up over time. If two businesses are fiercely competing, then the willingness to sell to blacks is going to prove an enormous advantage. Over time, those businesses which engage in segregation will simply be weeded out by the market.
Precisely the same thing occurs with employment. If an employer hires a less qualified white, or pays a higher wage to one, then they will have a constant drag on their assets, and if they do not change, they will die.
The same thing applies in almost every walk of life. If sports managers refuse to play blacks, then talented blacks will go to other teams. If voters refuse to vote for qualified black candidates, then they will be punished by having a a less qualified person rule them. In very few fields will discrimination not be punished quite harshly by a free market.
In essence, the free market takes discrimination and puts a price tag few are willing to pay on it. Greed beats racism in the long run.
Since this is the case, why should we give the government the dangerous precedent of interfering in such an explicit way? Almost every ideology has been persecuted at some point in time, and almost every occasion was by the government. Everyone has cause to fear them. Why, then, should we give them such power when it is clearly unnecessary?
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