In the movie Wall Street, Michael Douglas said, “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.” Paraphrasing Michael Douglas, “discrimination is good.” In this case, there is a better word, choice. When you stop at a Starbucks to get coffee on your way to work, you pass dozens of other sellers of coffee along the way. You just discriminated against all of those sellers of coffee. You made a choice to buy Starbucks. You have that liberty. You are taking your private property, money, and exchanging it for what you believe gives you the most value for your private property. Discrimination is making a choice which maximizes your value.
Choice (discrimination) is what made America the strongest economic force in the history of man. The free market system is based on choice (discrimination). When you stand in the grocery isle full of breakfast cereals and pick Cheerios, you are choosing (discriminating) against all of the other cereals. A grocery store with 50,000 items in it is a shrine to choice (discrimination) in the free market system. Private property owners at every level in the process used choice (discrimination) to increase their value.
A business owner is no different. He choses (discriminates) when finding a location for his store. He chooses (discriminates) when designing the interior layout of the store. He chooses (discriminates) when hiring employees. He chooses (discriminates) when he decides to whom he will sell his products. His goal is maximizing his value. He is no different than the Starbucks coffee buyer. You might argue that it is not the same. One is just coffee, and the other is a person. Every person has a right to earn a living, but no person has a right to a job. No person has a right to another persons labor. It is the private property owner who holds all of the rights to use his private property to maximize his value.
The real discrimination occurs because of government. TheCivil Rights Act of 1964 discriminates against private property owners. Words mean things, and definitions in laws are the key. You can call a cow a horse all day, but that does not make it a horse. It’s still a cow. But government can define a cow as a horse and in the eyes of the law it is a horse. Government defined private property as a “place of public accommodation” and defined away private property rights of private business owners. Just like the cow, that does not eliminate private property rights. The business owner still has those natural, God given rights, but the government through laws has discriminated against private property owners by disregarded those rights.
Frederic Bastiat said in The Law, “See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime. Then abolish this law without delay, for it is not only an evil itself, but also it is a fertile source for further evils because it invites reprisals. If such a law — which may be an isolated case — is not abolished immediately, it will spread, multiply, and develop into a system.”
We now have a system of discrimination against the private property (business) owners. It’s time for citizens to use their civic authority and regain control of government. Repealing Titles II, V, and VII of The Civil Rights Act of 1964 would be a good start.