Okay, then Rand is a racist and a liar. A liar because she claims not to be racist, and a racist because this statement quoted here legitimises rampant discrimination and prejudice. Just imagine, someone walks up to the ticket booth at Taggart Transcontinental, and is told 'no we won't sell you a ticket because you are black'. To say this is not a violation of a right to equal treatment under the law is a betrayal of reason and morality.Ayn Rand wrote:A man’s rights are not violated by a private individual’s refusal to deal with him.
More bizarre Rand rhetoric. Germany bans Holocaust Denial. The USA bans promotion of pedophilia. Israel bans promotion of suicide bombing.doctrines cannot be forbidden or prescribed by law.
Freedom of speech only goes so far. Slander and incitement to violence are not protected. And anyway, Rand's analogy between speech and action is fallacious. You cannot legislate to prevent people holding private opinions, but you can legislate to prevent these opinions being implemented in a firm's dealing with the general public.Just as we have to protect a communist’s freedom of speech, even though his doctrines are evil, so we have to protect a racist’s right to the use and disposal of his own property.
The state implements consensus morality of the community through law. Rand's distinction between law and morality is farcical. When a society considers behaviour extremely immoral, such as murder or rape, it legislates to punish and prevent it. What Rand is saying here is that the moral turpitude of overt racism is not serious enough to deserve punishment by the law. That is a racist attitude on her part.Private racism is not a legal, but a moral issue—and can be fought only by private means, such as economic boycott or social ostracism.
More farce. Governments have power to permit a company to trade on condition that the company obeys the law. If the law says you cannot put up a sign in your shop saying 'no blacks', the government can prevent you trading with such a sign in place, and will shut down your business if you insist on a racist policy.You cant force anyone to deal with someone that they do not want to, period. Whether for irrational reason or for rational ones, the government cannot force you to deal with them, hire them, sell to them, etc. The government cannot hold racist views, cannot prescribe racist laws (like quotas, affirmative action, etc), cannot force men to deal with someone they do not wish to deal with, etc.
The government does not force you to trade, but it says if you wish to trade you must do so within the law.
Product quality standards are a similar example. The government cannot force you to make good quality products, but it can prevent you from selling shoddy or deceptive merchandise.