No. History tells us business likely would not be hurt enough. You don't want to serve people due their race or gender, don't go into business.
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
I disagree with Stossel and Paul.
In the "modern age" it's easy to say that the market would correct for discrimination against large minority groups like blacks or hispanics, or against outspoken minority groups like LGBT.
But what would have happened to small minority groups that nobody had any real sympathy or affinty for?
Like Muslims after 9/11?
"Don't shop in this deli. Go down the street."
"YOU, yeah, you Muslim. Don't bring that bag in my store. You cool with your bag, black guy."
These laws weren't passed to protect empowered or nominal "minorities", they were passed to defend largely defenseless minorities from very real presecution.
Look, I'll even accept that the market would have ensured the appropriate correction in the case of Muslims in time.
But WTF is a Muslim family in a remote part of Louisiana supposed to do if there's only one grocery store within reasonable driving distance and the Desert Shield/Desert Storm era veteran manager decided that Mooooooooslims is dangerous?
The gov can't force him to sell food to this low-income family cuz there'd be no law that says they have to.
They can't afford to eat at restaurants every night. I make GOOD money and I can't even afford to do that.
Maybe a sympathetic neighbor would pitch in and help out with the shopping, maybe not.
What would any Muslim do if America erupted in an Intafada-style spree of minor terror attacks, like say the Boston Marathon bombing was just the first attack in a spree that was still ongoing with no end in sight?
No. I support public accomodations.
Americans, by and large, are cowardly assholes.
They do "the right thing" because they're afraid of the consequences, and they'll largely do the "wrong thing" as long as they think they can get away with it.
How many of y'all speed from time to time?
Yeah, then you'd discriminate against a minority if you perceived a chance of a threat, so long as you could get away with doing so.
So would I.
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."
"When we live authentically we create an opportunity for others to walk out of their dark prisons of pretend into freedom."
Discrimination is stupid. But...there's no Constitutional mandate for citizens to be smart.
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
I absolutely agree with Stossel, I should be able to serve/not serve anyone I choose. I make use of the credit report now as that is a legal means to weed out the losers.