So in yesterday’s post I said I believe all private businesses should be able to discriminate for whoever they want to serve. If they want, they should be able to put a sign in the window that says, “No Germans.” Or, “We Don’t Serve Indians.” Or “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Blue Eyes, No Service!” This raised quite a spirited debate! And I don’t say that just to shock you. I am quite serious...
I also told you that if you believe in prosperity and human rights – you would agree with me. So do you?
I pose this question for three reasons...
First to answer the question requires some very intelligent thought, seeing past the emotion of the situation. (Just the topic raises the images of blacks being denied access to country clubs, Martin Luther King Jr. being assassinated, and the rise of Nazism. And a few of you even raised these issues in the comments.)
Second, it allows you to really test the process of whether you are able to logically and rationally carry your beliefs forward to see if they are congruent.
And lastly, it tests your self-esteem and confidence. Are you ready to accept and stand for a belief that is unpopular and politically incorrect with the herd? Do you have the courage to stand for your convictions? To be what Thoreau so aptly described as a “majority of one.”
Now why would I say that I would support someone’s right to discriminate? I’m just continuing the discussion of the last few days on living your life with a congruent philosophy. I want you to see how important it is to live by congruent principles, even - and especially - when they fly in the face of conventional wisdom.
This could get a little complicated, but stay with me because it’s very important.
If you believe in human rights, and for you guys in the States particularly our Constitution - then for your philosophy to be coherent - you have to support the right to own property. Property rights are a true right.
Things like “a job for everyone,” or “universal healthcare” are not rights, because they can only be attained by the forceful enslavement of others. The government says’ Jimmy, you made $200,000 this year, and Janet only made $30,000. Therefore, we’re going to take away $100,000 from you and distribute it to the “truly needy” people like Janet. While these ideas may sound good or be compassionate – they are not rights, and have no Constitutional basis. They can only be achieved by stripping the rights of some, to provide to others. There is nothing prosperous about this.
True human rights recognize principles like the right to produce and keep the fruits of your labor. And also mean the right to socialize, do business with, and associate with anyone you wish – as long as you don’t infringe on the human rights of others.
What does this mean?
It means if someone builds a restaurant, he or she has the right to post a sign in the window stating. “We don’t serve people with blue eyes.” And while I would not want to eat in that particular restaurant – I would defend to the death the owner’s right to do so.
If you build a hotel, you should be able to ban people with brown eyes, people with blond hair, or people who wear Budweiser T-shirts. This is what the Constitution guarantees you, and well meaning but evil programs like affirmative action, quotas, and “the right to an education,” etc. have no basis in law and are actually ANTI-human rights.
Now do you see the quandary here?
I abhor discrimination, and want no part of it. I have four or five friends that are in wheelchairs, so the last thing I want is that they can’t join me for dinner somewhere because the place is built without disabled facilities. But to be congruent with my philosophy for living, I have to support your right to do whatever you want with your private property. (Notice the key word here is PRIVATE. We are not talking about government property that is built with the taxes of everyone, including people with disabilities.)
Now the other thing to note is that the restaurants with disabled facilities will get business the others do not. And if someone puts up a sign in their hair salon, restaurant or store “We don’t serve Spanish people,” that would more create opportunities for the businesses that did.
Personally if someone is a homophobe, racist ,or wants to practice some other form of discrimination, I say, “Great, let them.” I would rather know that so I don’t spend any of my money supporting them.
Here’s the key from a prosperity standpoint…
Because if you don’t support human rights, than the alternative is tyranny – the ultimate evil. If you don’t support people’s rights to do what they want with their private property, there are no human rights and it is actually anti-humanity and anti-prosperity.
Now some of you distorted the issue by talking about slavery, discrimination in schools that are run by the government, or the Holocaust. That is not what I’m advocating. Because this only works when your rights don’t infringe on the rights of others. Enslaving or killing someone is not a right. But by the same token it is not a right to say the government has to educate you, provide you with free prescriptions or healthcare, or even roads, hospitals, and schools.
Now what does all this have to do with your everyday living and your quest for success?
You can say that you believe the government should provide roads, hospitals, schools, healthcare, and dozens of other things. You have every right to hold that opinion. But you must understand that that belief in incongruent with the principles of prosperity. And if you don’t have a congruent philosophy, it will be almost impossible for you to manifest and maintain prosperity.
By the way, the other red herring that usually gets thrown in a discussion like this is how the evil, mean rich people will let everyone else starve. But again that is using emotion to distort the logic. Contrary to what some of you may believe, I’m not a heartless, cruel, son-of-a-bitch. I support LOTS of charities with big checks. I just want to be able to choose my giving, not have the government force me at the point of a gun.
Now remember, this discussion isn’t really about whether you should be able to discriminate, whether less government is better or any of those issues we raised. Those are simply examples of the principle we are discussing: why your beliefs must tie together in a congruent philosophy in order for you to manifest health, happiness and prosperity.
Otherwise you will continually engage in self-sabotage behavior and not know why. So how do you feel about all this now? Please check in below. And in the next post we’ll look at the next step – link your philosophy with a purpose.