Some days, I have this bad habit of trying to figure out how the minds of conservatives and libertarians work. And then I get a headache. If it weren’t for my horse, I wouldn’t have spent that year in college.
The theory hypothesis is that if you just let the market go, society will take care of itself. It’s this odd notion that keeps conservatives bedded to big business (in the name of “small government”). But the right is also bedded to Christianity, so when it comes to any social issue, hypocrisy reigns supreme. And lately, they’ve really tried to conflate the two. They argue that we don’t need to do anything related to civil rights because the market will simply insist upon them. It’s a convenient way to hide their bigotry and stifle progress.
The joke here, though, is that the effects of promoting this conflation (including the Democrats pandering to it) disprove it. How many millions (if not billions) of dollars are wasted or lost for reasons like:
» Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell discharges and the recruitment and training to compensate (at least $363 million, actually)
» An incredibly biased survey of currently serving troops ($4.4 million)
Those are just a couple of ideas as related to one of the many injustices against the LGBT community. We learned in the Prop 8 Trial of the huge financial impact of marriage inequality to just one city.
If the market could really control for human prejudice, it would have already. We wouldn’t be wasting all this money on utter nonsense.
This is just your routine reminder that our opponents operate on lies and fear and nothing more. There is no substance and no reason to their arguments, just a need to control and the intimidation to do it.