Re: Our Responsibility to Those in Need

From: Pat Fallon (
Date: Fri Jul 27 2001 - 10:55:52 MDT

> Olga said:
> Except to say, that if any of you so-called classical liberals
> (sometimes this translates to libertarian - is this correct?) can give
> me your scenario of how you would have solved the segregation problem in
> the South during the 1950s and 1960s (or earlier, dare one hope?), I'll
> eat my ACLU membership card.

One of the most famous segregation problems was telling Blacks to move to
the back of the bus. IIRC, that was a municipal bus company, or one granted
a monopoly by the state. They could get away with dissin' some segment of
their customers because they had no competition. Libertarians don't favor
outlawing stupidity, but stupidity should have its costs. IMHO, a free
market in transportation with no legal barriers to entry wouldn't insulate
stupidity from these type costs as much.

Pat Fallon

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