Thursday, May 31, 2007

Forcing someone to accept you as a customer

In a world where State Farm can be sued for refusing to underwrite people it deems too risky, where a man can sue after being fired for visiting sex chat rooms at work, this even greater absurdity had to happen sooner or later: eHarmony is being sued for not providing matchmaking services to homosexuals.

"Gay rights" has always been a red herring. Always, without exception. If a homosexual is physically attacked, there's no need to call it a "hate crime," because laws already punish the attackers, regardless of their motive. If a company refuses to hire a gay or lesbian person, it's not an issue of the would-be employee's "rights," but the employer's right to property.

The fundamental right to property is about disposing of it in any way you damn well please, without infringing upon the life, liberty and property of others. This must necessarily include not using it in ways you don't wish to, regardless of others. But in today's world where government disregards the individual's rights in favor of what the majority (or a powerful rent-seeking minority group) demand, the true rights are ignored. As the agent of evil, government provides the means for others to "entitle" themselves to your property: legislative, so they have the force of bad law; judicial, to uphold the bad laws or effectively make laws by their rulings; and executive, the threat of force (fines and/or imprisonment) that gives teeth to the first two.

The slippery slope began with the minimum wage, which is forcing a property owner to pay you more than he/she is willing. Then it continued to things like requiring companies to offer health insurance to domestic partners, which is hardly "discrimination," but simply the company owners deciding how to dispose of their property as they see fit. If a company won't offer the wage you want, well, you are not being forced to work there. If a company hired you but won't extend insurance benefits to your "domestic partner," you are not being forced to work there.

And if a company won't offer you the goods and/or services you want, then you are free to shop elsewhere, or start up your own business.

I've been busy for the last good while now. I came back Tuesday night from a trip back to Sonoma to visit my best friend, a vacation I needed rather badly. These days I'm working longer hours and thinking more specifically about the next several months. There are a lot of things to plan and consider, and I won't divulge too much detail here, but I'll say that in a few months, it will be time to look for a ring.


Blogger Dan from Madison said...

Well then, congratulations! Enjoy your foray into the seedy and 100% fixed and inflated world of precious gems.

Friday, June 01, 2007 9:06:00 AM  
Blogger Perry Eidelbus said...

Thank you! I guess I mind but don't mind enough to not pay the prices. After all, if I didn't think the price was worth the final price, I'm not being forced to pay. Or am I being forced? But it's being forced in such a nice way. :D

Sunday, June 03, 2007 7:56:00 PM  
Blogger John said...

Coercion comes in different flavors. Congratulations.

Monday, June 04, 2007 12:07:00 PM  
Blogger Timothy said...

do i understand? your going to marry yourself in times square ala dennis rodman! weird

Monday, June 18, 2007 12:38:00 AM  
Blogger Perry Eidelbus said...

No, Timothy, you err. And err big-time.

Monday, June 18, 2007 12:49:00 AM  

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