Discrimination is Good

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.

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 use choice (discrimination) to increase their value.

A business owner is no different. He chooses (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. His goal is maximizing his value. He is no different than the Starbucks coffee buyer. Opponents argue, “But 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. It is the private property owner who holds all of the rights when using his private property to maximize his value.

The real discrimination occurs because of government. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 discriminates against private property owners. Words mean things, and definitions in law are the key. You can call a horse a cow all day long, but that does not make it a cow. It’s still a horse. But government can define a horse as a cow and in the eyes of the law it becomes a cow. Government defined private property as a “place of public accommodation” and defined away control of private property. Those that hate liberty will say that the business license the government makes you purchase makes your business a public establishment. This gives government control over every aspect of your business including who you can hire. But just like the horse, that does not eliminate private property rights. Private property rights can never be taken away from the business owner. It is the control of private property that is under siege.

Have you actually read the state statutes and municipal codes that control your life?
We now have a system of discrimination against the private property (business) owners, and we are seeing the push back to restore businesses control of its private property. It’s time for citizens to use their civic authority and regain control of government.