Why Rand Paul matters to Arizona

20 May 2010 11:35 pm
Posted by: Donna

Rand Paul’s statements illustrate the perniciousness of libertarianism. He thinks that the Civil Rights Act should only have extended to government institutions, like schools and other public accommodations. Let private businesses discriminate as they please and the “free market” will sort it out. He personally “abhors racism”, so it should follow (in his mind) that any proprietor who refuses to serve or employ certain groups of people will be run out of business soon. Umm, not so fast, Rand. Prior to the Civil Rights Act, discriminating against blacks, women, gays, Jews, the disabled, etc., had no downside for businesses both large and small. But there was a huge downside for the people in those groups, who were largely excluded from the economy and mainstream society. Guys like Rand Paul seem to forget that part. Is it okay with libertarians if private businesses are allowed to discriminate again and the “invisible hand of the free market” takes us back to segregated restaurants and hospitals? Would that be a just outcome as far as they’re concerned? Am I the only one freaked out that this guy like that has a good chance of becoming a US Senator?

Am I the only one freaked out that Republican politicians who embrace “school choice” as their guiding principle for education, and who are eager to turn schools over to the “free market” are the front-runners in statewide and legislative races in Arizona? Do you think think it has problematic implications for Arizona? I do. Am I worried that Rand Paul becomes the latest right wing political icon, instead of the joke that he deserves to be? You betcha.


  1. Comment by AZ Mama on May 21, 2010 12:19 am

    I’m right there with ya. The free market “all bets are off” approach to educating a child who only has one chance at establishing a solid educational foundation troubles this mama bear to her core.

    And I’m a little worried that the crazy in the TX Board of Ed. is somehow getting ready to spill on over this way.

  2. Comment by Appleblossom on May 21, 2010 10:22 am

    One of the key things that built this country was our systematic efforts to provide no fee at start education. Education is NOT free as we pay for it with taxes but it is a lot easier for a parent to pay for it through taxation then trying to save up the $250 a month or whatever it would be to pay for a child’s education.

    The reason for the lack of understanding of this is the lack of historical education this country provides anyone.

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