Friday, May 21, 2010

Matthew Yglesias | The Fuzzy Public/Private Line

Matthew Yglesias writes:
One thing that I hope people will come to appreciate now that Rand Paul has given more exposure to libertarian opposition to the Civil Rights Act is that questions of racism aside, any effort to ground your political philosophy in an incredibly rigid and dogmatic division between what’s “public” and what’s “private” is ultimately going to fail. For one thing, as Charles Lane points out the way you enforce your private “no black customers in my restaurant” law is by having the police arrest someone for trespassing.