Hey Indiana: Why Not Fight Discrimination with Freedom? on Feed 44

C4SS Feed 44 presents James C. Wilson‘s “Hey Indiana: Why Not Fight Discrimination with Freedom?” read by Joey Clark and edited by Nick Ford.

“State action against discrimination is at best a band-aid measure, since state action itself empowers discriminators in the first place. The increased costs associated with licensing, zoning, housing and building requirements kills many businesses and keep many more from even starting. As a result customers are often far more dependent on a small number of established firms to meet their needs. If even a few of these firms are run by anti-gay bigots, the customer often suffers a great inconvenience to go elsewhere. The same goes for patents and copyrights which by definition kill competition and government infrastructure which gives large more established firms numerous unfair advantages.

In a free and competitive market there would be far more vendors offering a far wider range of niche roles to choose from. Furthermore the existence of numerous diverse competitors would pressure all firms to be more accepting of all types of customers. This is not to mention the harm the state has done by perpetuating heterosexual monogamous marriages as the official norm, and using its influence to make alternatives suspect. A society where relationships are defined by individuals rather than the state, would have a far messier array of arrangements.”

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