Are we ready for freedom of association?

Are we ready for Freedom of Association?

No, this isn’t an embrace of state intervention. I’m only asking if abolishing anti-discrimination laws is something we can do anytime soon. Both libertarians and Republicans want them to be repealed, but they clearly have different reasons why. Republicans feel that freedom of religion should be the reason a business should be able to deny services or employment to whomever they see fit. Usually, this seems to be more of a desire to push away anyone who doesn’t fit in their ideal society than it is about protecting religious practices and beliefs. Libertarians, for the most part, believe that businesses with bigoted policies would be driven out by the market rejecting them. They don’t feel any sensible person would knowingly be patrons of them. Therefore, they go out of business rather than let the state protect them.That is, unfortunately, the negative effect of these protections. Bigoted businesses need only to not get in trouble and they are free to profit and do things like financially support hate groups.

I honestly believe that if West Coast states removed their protective laws, no one would notice. It would be better for a business to quit while it’s ahead and close than to come out against the grain and be run into the ground. I am unsure if the same can be said for some areas in the Bible Belt. This is where I have some reservation to a full repeal of protection of marginalized groups. And I say this as a southerner and lifetime resident of Louisiana. Thankfully I live in an area where all people get along and not many feel their neighbor harbors any hatred for them. We have our problems, usually from police and other government institutions, but we try. However, no matter where anyone lives in America, there is always that one town that doesn’t know what century it is. You know the one.

I find it strange there are still areas like that considering that America is supposed to be the refuge for those escaping tyranny and oppression. Where one can be free to be who they are, without fear. Anyone who’s read even a small portion of its history knows that hasn’t always been the case. In fact, it’s almost never been the case. It’s needed to be pushed in the right direction quite a few times. I am unsure that without the “get-along-shirt” of anti-discrimination laws, we’d be just fine overnight. I am not convinced that as a whole, we are ready for an America with no protection for minorities to freely have a place in the market. Capitalism is, of course, the voluntary exchange of goods and services. But, can we please stop acting like a family being forced to move because no one would hire them, or sell them anything because they’re a different race or LGBTQ+ is “voluntary?” It does not sound very voluntary to me. It really bothers me that many don’t seem to consider things from the discriminated person’s point of view.

The biggest struggle with these views of mine is when I compare them to the disaster of government trying to fix anything. Nine times out of ten, it’s a complete failure. And I also find it difficult especially because, at one point, the Indian Removal Act was a real thing that happened. We have a terrible track record. Absolutely terrible. So it is clear that the problem is the state. It always has been, always will be. It has been the ultimate creator of bigotry in our history. However, I do feel that The Civil Rights Act was a step in the right direction. Funny how government always has to cover its tracks.

So are we ready for the freedom of association to be the “law” of the land? Maybe after some of the older generation leaves us. I know that sounds terrible, but their grandchildren typically don’t share their views, thankfully. I for one am excited for a society that embraces one another and lets the free market work wonders. You know the video of Milton Friedman using a pencil to describe how capitalism works despite regional and cultural differences? That is what I would like us all to aspire to. Money makes the world go round, I’d like to buy the world a Coke, and so on.


The market will provide a solution and everything will be fine eventually. I just wish eventually wasn’t so far away for some people. We’ve certainly come a long way, and we don’t have much further to go. In the meantime, can we stop acting like Nazis are forcing Jewish bakers all across America to bake cakes? Please?

You can read more from Lonie Dupre on Think Liberty here.


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