Yesterday I wrote:
Someone with a private business wouldn’t make you a cake and you felt “dehumanized”, talk about being a complete wimp. Get over yourselves and grow up. You are acting like a 12 year old girl.
Yes, I’m pissed, because this goes against everything a believe about private business. You should be able to discriminate at will in a private business and I can discriminate at will on whether I shop there.
The free market, it’s a beautiful thing.
And I guess I need to explain that a little more fully.
Or maybe just repeat myself.
Look, if you have a private business, whether that is a restaurant, bakery, or an apartment complex or rental home or any other business that you privately own (meaning you have no government subsidies and no shareholders to keep happy) you can, or should, be allowed to discriminate at will.
Now if you decide to discriminate against people (you won’t serve Jews, rent to gays, or hire black people) you may take a blow to your business. This is because of the free market, the same reason why I believe in your right to discriminate. The free market means that you are undoubtedly not the only restaurant, bakery, apartment complex, or landlord within a reasonable distance and if you turn away customers, who then go talk to their friends and family and tell them not the shop there for whatever reason (even if they aren’t Jewish, gay, or black. I’m white and still wouldn’t to a KKK restaurant) that is not good publicity and chances are your local news will catch wind of it and you will end up with loss of business.
I support your right to discriminate. I don’t have to like you for discriminating.
A good businessman usually cares more about their bottom line than they do about the sexuality, race, or religion of their customer. Despite the fact that, if I owned a business, I might be tempted to charge every moron wearing a Che Guevara shirt or driving around with an Obama sticker on their car a 10% increase on services just for dealing with their stupidity, but I highly doubt I would actually do that because it would be really bad for my company’s business.
But I should be able to do that if I want too.
Before I’m done I will explain my two exception to this rule.
The first is hard and fast. If you have government subsidies, whether state or federal, (like the first apartment I ever lived in, it was low income housing and the owners received subsidies for that) you can’t discriminate.
Why? Because I pay taxes, Jews pay taxes, gay people pay taxes, black people, white people, yellow people all pay taxes.
Where do your government subsidies come from? Oh that’s right, taxes. So if I’m helping pay for you to run your business, you shouldn’t be discriminating against me.
My second exception has more to do with your investors and shareholders and your relationship with them.
If you are only discriminating against people your shareholders and investors are against as well, you probably won’t have a problem. If your investors don’t like your discriminating tendencies there are three options, they can take their money elsewhere, you can change your practices to keep them happy, or they can ignore the situation as long as their investment is making them money.
And in some cases, your investors will WANT you to discriminate against someone. Guess what, it your business. They can take their money elsewhere.
Basically, if you run your own business or don’t care what your investors think, you should be able to run your business as you want.
If someone doesn’t like how you operate, they can go somewhere else.
The free market bitches.