RE: Our Responsibility to Those in Need

From: Sean Kenny (
Date: Fri Jul 27 2001 - 15:16:53 MDT

> Since the segregation problem was solved as a result of private lawsuits
> (i.e. Brown v. Board of Education, etc.) we libertarians have no problem
> with how it turned out. The federal government was acting as a monopoly
> 'rights insurance' adjustor at the 'reinsurance' level (rather than the
> retail) where the retail insurance provider had abrogated its contracts
> to a given sector of society.

Actually I don't think that's actually so. AFAIK Black people in the South
couldn't get the
authorities to enforce these private lawsuits unless they took drastic steps
to put themselves in extreme danger. The lunch counter sit-ins, the freedom
riders, the bus boycott and business boycotts were undertaken and many young
black people were injured and killed in attempt to get the state to enforce
the results of these lawsuits didn't they.? Wasn't the civil rights movement
an attempt to get the law enforced by the state?

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