Rachel Maddow concering her interview with Rand Paul, who is running for a Kentucky US Senate seat.
Rand is a Republican who comes from a libetarian perspective. He believes that the portions of our Civil Rights laws that affect businesses should be rolled back. In short, public institutions should not be allowed to discriminate; but private businesses may. He declares that he would not support businesses that would discriminate, but they should lose in the market place rather than being forced to capitulate by the government.
I have to say that, on paper, that idea has some merit with me. I hate the idea of a government body dictating individual morality.
But this idea fails for me when executed practically. We have ALREADY SEEN the result of businesses being allowed to dictate personal choice in this. It ends up forcing minorities into an underclass. This is where most libertarianism drops the ball. In trumpeting individualism, they tend to ignore the collective consequences of the choices made by those individuals. We do not simply have individual morality, we have a collective/national morality. It seems to me, the only way pure libertarianism can play out is if one takes the S.S. Minnow to Gilligan's Island - and then off the other castaways.
300,000,000 people cannot simply do their own thing.