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Greed would solve Woolworh lunch counter problem

The big uproar over Rand Paul and his comments on the Rachel Maddow Show yesterday. Rachel asked Dr. Paul the Republican candidate for US Senate in KY about his thoughts on coomments
he made earlier in the day on the PBS Radio show
All Things Considered.
basically stated that the Civil Rights Act 1964 was principally good in
that it ended government (institutional) discrimination but feels that
the government has no right to tell a private business how to run and
who they have to serve, admit, or hire.

This at first glance sounds bad but you must look at this more closely than just racialism.
The government telling you what you can and can't do with your own
private business or club is just bad for the citizenry.

Just look at the Black, Gay, and Hispanic groups to name a few who admit only
members who are similar to other memebers. Should they have to admit
white guys, straight people, or other groups? No, and the same should
go for all clubs, groups, and businesses that do not receive government

Now the argument is that if we did not have laws then the lunch counters at Woolworth's would still be segregated today. This
would not be the case. Yes, I'm sure there would be the odd dummy who
opens up a whites only restaurant or refuse service to gays, or
Hispanics, or any other group. But, if we let the market work it's
magic these businesses would go under. No not all of them, but the great
majority of them would be gone with in the first few years of opening
there doors. This is because greed or more accurately the desire to
accumulate wealth would cause most people to decide that every ones
money is good and thus end the decision to discriminate.

Think about it if your losing money running your business cause you fail to
serve the needs of your possible customer base your going to change your
policies pretty quick. If you don't well someone else will come along
and open a similar business that serves everyone and that will be the
end of you.

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Comment by Greg Fasolt on May 20, 2010 at 5:32pm
I've often held that free markets have done more to end racial problems than the Civil Rights Act. Once again, the underlying problems were caused by small groups who had a grip on government power. Had state and local government not institutionalized racism, the market would have virtually eliminated it.

Unfortunately, the response was typical, more government power and more denial of rights.

This is exactly why Americans must learn to cut through the fog created by government schools, big media, and politicians and identify the real problem rather than accepting the typical statist "solutions."
Comment by Tom Martin on May 21, 2010 at 11:04am
Probably a result of generations of government schooling and its lack of teaching how to objectively analyze the difference between 'good intentions' and reality. Good intentions are attributed to those bureaucritters who don't suffer the consequences for their bad decisions nor reap the benefit of their good decisions - they can ignore a centuries of poor decisions like slavery and Jim Crow and magically wave the wand of bureaucratic wisdom and magically transform all to utopia ignoring the morally flawed source that replacing one form of government discrimination with another is still flawed.


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