Grad students, policy analysts, and academics should do more studies on the cost of our failed civil rights paradigm and the emergent order, individualist alternatives it displaced and eliminated.
Here is what “civil rights” meant to me this month: under DC fair housing law there are 26 protected classes, not just age, race and sex, national origin, religion and such, but source of income, sexual orientation, appearance, political affiliation and matriculation (whether and where you are in school). So having successfully rented one house to a group of American University students I am showing other groups of students as well. No one can say they won’t accept students, even if asked up front – that would be illegal. (They do now sometimes say they won’t accept co-signers (parents) or out of boundary co-signers.) So I take them all out in 95 degrees, use up hours of my time, make them fill out elaborate applications, in one case have them fork over a $40 credit check application fee for each prospective tenant, and then they rent to someone else or even just decline to tent to 3 or 4 unrelated grad students. So the “progressive” statist model of civil rights is really working. How many underclass urchins could I have tutored with the time the civil rights laws make me waste? How much more money could I have made so that the allegedly minority benefiting welfare state could have been better funded by the taxes it steals?
One can easily multiply avenues of research along these lines: how many people of color (or other protected classes) are never hired and never given a chance or a start, who would have been, because under our current civil rights regime they are too costly as employees in that they cannot be fired, demoted, reprimanded or even not promoted, because of the risk of law suits, etc.