Peter Schiff a Racist?
by Robert Wenzel: Krugman
Cracks Down on Bill Kristol, Hard
Get this, Business
Insider is running a piece
arguing that Peter Schiff is a racist. Gary Anderson write at BI:
once said, and I paraphrase:
should be able to discriminate based on race.
It is time
to cut to the chase with regard to Schiff, Libertarianism, and
racism. The libertarians will say, "Well, I want other people
to hire based on race, but I would never do that". So their
argument is that they aren't racist because they choose not to
be. However, it is clear that this is a ploy, a scam if you will.
goes on to paint with a broader brush:
It is a
scam because fostering racism is racism. If you set up racist
policies you are fostering racism. Most normal people understand
that, but Libertarians are far from normal. I have discussed the
racism of Rand Paul and of Murray Rothbard. There is a pattern
Anderson's charge is absurd. How does he justify it? This way:
of the Libertarians is what places them into the box of fostering
racism. The logic is that it is somehow immoral for a government
to force relationships in the public sector. They cannot see the
difference between public and private relationships. Making voluntary
relationships in public institutionalizes racism.
If the government
does what Schiff wants, a big company like Walmart or Target or
some other company could start the ball rolling towards the exclusion
based upon race. Racism is a fire that is dangerous and deadly.
That Schiff and the Libertarians cannot see this shows something
lacking in their character.
how the hell are Walmart and Target public institutions? Last I
looked, they are private companies providing products in mutual
our private lives, we all discriminate against people. It may be
against ugly people, dumb people, people we don't know very long,
people that have bad breath, obnoxious people, rude people, interventionists,
Keynesians etc. In a world of non-discrimination, you would just
show up at a restaurant and be seated with the person that came
in just before you. Hey, everybody is equal, right?
discriminate based on sound reasons, others for reasons that don't
seem to make a lot of sense to me, but if their discrimination practices
cause them to miss out knowing some very interesting people, that's
their loss. Same thing if it is a loss for an employer. Except for
people like Gary Anderson, who try to impose their values on others,
I don't discriminate against many. Anderson has no business telling
me who I can and can't associate with. I think I would be miserable
if I was forced to have a lunch with this guy. He should mind his
own damn business.
with permission from Economic
Economic Policy Journal
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