Re: Our Responsibility to Those in Need

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Sat Jul 28 2001 - 09:12:59 MDT

Sean Kenny wrote:
> > 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?

And did the civil rights movement get subsidized by the federal
government? No, it didn't. The civil rights movement was populated by
many libertarians (like Charlton Heston) who later vacated when it was
taken over by socialists demanding government subsidies and set-asides,
quotas and lower standards for minorities. All of the actions you
describe above were PRIVATE actions by PRIVATE citizens against
oppressive states. You didn't say anything to my own point above, BTW.

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