Celebrities use their ‘freedom of association’ to protest Indiana’s ‘freedom of association’


Just imagine for one second the possible number of businesses you patronize on a regular basis that are owned by bigots.  You may or may not give a shit, but for those who do give a shit…  Wouldn’t it be nice to know before you spend your hard earned money patronizing some asshat?  Wouldn’t it be convenient if bigots posted signs around their businesses advertising that they are bigots?  Such blatant signs would make it so much easier for one to vote with one’s wallet as to which businesses should fail or succeed.  Any law banning such signs would be prohibitive of organic market justice.

In a truly free society, free people are free to associate or not associate with whomever they choose for whatever reason they choose.  For every business that refuses to serve any particular group there is conversely a business opportunity for any business willing to serve said group.  Ultimately money makes the world go around.  It’s pretty fucking dumb for any business to turn away paying customers.  Most who would do so, probably don’t have the keenest of business sense and  aren’t likely to do very well.

Wilco has announced that they will be canceling their Indiana tour date in protest of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  Could you imagine if there was a law dictating that if musicians go on tour they have to visit every State?  That would pretty fucking dumb, huh?  Wilco has no problem exercising their “freedom of association”and ostracism can go a long fucking way.

My main problem with Indiana’s law is the whole “religious freedom” thing.  Any private business owned by a free human being should be able to refuse business to anyone for any reason without having to cite a religious belief.  Should businesses be required to serve members of hate groups if it is not their will?  I think not.  By that same token NOBODY should be REQUIRED to purchase goods or services from ANYONE.

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Matt Bergman founded Punk Rock Libertarians in 2010. Formerly played guitar and sang in the Baltimore punk band "TENWATCH" and currently plays guitar and sings in "post freedom".