Saturday, May 22, 2010

Just What We Need
Mike Rappaport

More antidiscrimination laws.  This time the suggestion is to prohibit businesses from taking into account the appearance of people they contract with.  Outstanding -- if you really want to create a world of lawsuits and regulations.  Just imagine what kinds of unconscious discriminaton one could find, given the complex sexual nature of the human mind.  

There is a certain authoritarian, if not totalitarian, character to these proposals.  Yet,  I will give Deborah Rhode, a Professor at Stanford Law School, this, her proposal is consistent with many of the antidiscrimination type-regulations of modern liberalism.  If someone with liberal sensibilities would regard the preference as problematic, then it is to be prohibited, no matter what the cost.  But don't fret, because discrimination that liberals like -- such as affirmative action -- is exempted.  

Update: I see Tom has posted on the same issue below.

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Mike Rappaport


Part of the problem is the authoritarianism, part of the problem is that the ideas are unworkable in practice. Perhaps the proponents really do want to make work for lawyers. Perhaps only people who have never run a business could come up with such terrible ideas. Maybe it's all of the above.

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