Property rights are back in style – if you’re on the Left.
In which case, it’s ok to deny service/refuse to do business with people you dislike. People who don’t support Leftist policies and Leftists themselves (like Joe Biden) for instance. But it’s ok to force the owner of a private business to do business with you, if you’re a Leftist – because then property rights aren’t ok.
The Leftist Saul Alinsky wrote about this a long time ago. He thought it was ok to use the opponents of Leftism’s ideas against them. Property rights, for instance. Leftists have been extremely successful using these tactics, which paralyze the Left’s opponents because they are not willing to attack that which they defend, even when it means their ruin.
Viz, the last selection, in which respect for playing fair let the side that probably didn’t “win” the selection. Viz, the suicidal defense by the not-Left of the Left’s property rights when the Left “de-platforms,” “de-monetizes,” “shadow bans” and outright bans the not-Left on the Left’s nearly monopolistic privately owned social media/Internet (and soon, banking and other such) businesses.
We have the right to do it, the Left exclaims . . . and the not-Left agrees. Which is one of the main reasons the Left wins while the not-Left usually loses.
The only way to win agains the Left is to play by its rules – or at least, to insist upon consistent application of the Left’s rules.
If the Left says its ok for private businesses to refuse to do business with people they don’t like then the not-Left must assert the same right to do business with anyone they like. For example, people who do not like being made to pretend they are sick or afraid of sickness. If a private business has the right to deny service to someone because they don’t believe in Leftism then surely a private business has just the same right to do business with people who do not believe in Leftism.
Make them live by their rules – as Alinsky was fond of saying.
In order to make it clear how full of crap the Left is.
The Left doesn’t really believe in property rights except as they are politically convenient. The Left strongly supports situational rights. What works – for them – until it no longer works.
The same Left that has been ululating with almost Ayn Randian unction about their right to not do business with those they do not wish to do business with was ululating a very different cry when it came to such things as forcing private businesses that never forced anyone to smoke within the four walls of their private businesses to not do business with people who wished to smoke within those four walls, with the free consent of the owner of said privately owned business.
They objected mightily when private businesses asserted their right to not do business with people who expected them to violate their own deeply held personal views, as in the case of privately owned Christian bakeries forced to do business with in-your-face homosexuals demanding the affirmation via-the-oven of a wedding cake topped with two grooms.
But the Left’s situational rights do not apply in the other direction. A Leftist bakery would be defended to the hilt for refusing to do business with someone who entered their store wearing a MAGA hat.
In that case, property rights matter.
To the Left.
It is time to resurrect the idea of property rights mattering, period. Those on the Left have every right to decline to do business with those they disagree with – and for any reason at all, for that matter. Because if it is their property, then no one else has a right to it. And this right should be defended – by everyone, including those not on the Left.
Provided, of course, that everyone else’s property rights are also respected. Including their right to do business with whomever they wish, even if the Left doesn’t like it. Since “liking it” – or not – has no bearing on someone else’s property rights.
What does bear is whether such a thing as property rights exist at all – and if they do, then either they are the same for everyone’s property or no one has any property rights at all.
In which case, the Left no longer has any right to suppress speech, “cancel” or otherwise refuse to do business with anyone, including those the Left doesn’t like.
This is a rule Alinsky wouldn’t like so much but it’s about god-damned time the Left be made to play by it.
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