This post inspired by Say Uncle’s post about bedtime stories.
I’ve always wondered why the plain-bellied sneetches didn’t just host their own beach parties instead of being all butt hurt and envious over being excluded from the star bellies’ parties. Ayn Rand would tell us that the star bellies were attempting a monopoly, which in a free market (that is to say, a market without some means of enforcing the monopoly through legislation or outright brute force) is merely enticing capital into start-up competition. If the plain bellies’ started throwing really good parties of their own, some of the star bellies would eventually want to attend. If the plain bellies let them attend, the plain belly organized parties would begin to dominate, or take over altogether unless the star bellies changed their discriminative ways.
A free market is self correcting in so many ways, and correcting against arbitrary discrimination is but one example. We see this in real life just looking at music or sports pre civil rights era, where excluding black players meant missing out on some of the best. By the time I was in middle school (late 1960s) Motown was well-represented, if not dominating, the top 40 on AM radio.
That’s what I tell my kids. If their public school teachers can’t handle it, well, it’s their own problem that they choose to make fools of themselves.