random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
  During the Great Depression, Germans rallied to one-man-one-party rule, uniforms, flags and rifles, mass rallies, racial hatred, and appeals to national glory. What would happen in other countries if small businessmen, housewives, artisans, white-collar workers, and students felt betrayed by an alien political establishment, a fraying welfare net, and chronic economic dislocations?

tagged: Germany, Nazis, Depression, nationalism
  —Claudia Koonz (Germany, Nazis, Depression, nationalism), Mothers in the Fatherland: Women, the Family, and Nazi Politics (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1986), p. xviii.

libertarianism, state action, and private discrimination

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 10:17 am

Some great commentary coming out in the wake of Rand Paul’s floundering attempts to dodge explaining his philosophy. For instance, this from No More Mister Nice Blog:

Here’s the thing: segregation at lunch counters didn’t exist because individual privately owned businesses were determining for themselves that they would not serve black people. They relied on the local government to enforce this discrimination. Otherwise it would have been possible for non whites to sue white businesses for physical assault. Just because something isn’t statutory doesn’t mean that it isn’t taking place with government aid. A truly libertarian stance on the Civil Rights Act that wasn’t covertly conservative/racist would be to argue that the government must withdraw all legal aid, police help, and rights to sue for damages from discriminatory businesses *and then* leave the business free to discriminate. … The line between public and private property is guaranteed by government action and its something we all pay for and no private business has the right to take our money and then refuse service to us.

algorithmically similar posts:

» Rand Paul, weasel extraordinaire, 2010-05-20 (score:38)
» Southern “mistrust”, 2008-01-21 (score:19)
» zealous cooperation with the state, 2005-08-09 (score:18)
» gay marriage & Equal Protection jurisprudence, 2008-05-16 (score:16)

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