Leftists Support Property Rights When Gym Refuses To Serve Richard Spencer

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Free markets leading to discrimination is a common criticism among the left due to conservatives and libertarians views that the government has no place to tell a business who they can and cannot serve. Imani Gandy of Rewire claims “[…] if we could rely on the free market to end discrimination, we wouldn’t have needed the Civil Rights Act in the first place.”

But these beliefs seem to be thrown out the window when it concerns someone the left disagrees with. Saturday, Buzzfeed reported that infamous White Nationalist, Richard Spencer, had his gym membership terminated after a customer approached and loudly called him a Neo-Nazi.

Christine Fair, the women who confronted Spencer stated “As a white woman, I find his membership at this gym to be unacceptable. I found his membership at this gym to be an unfair burden upon the women and people of color — and white male allies of the same.”

I applaud this business for exercising their property rights and refusing to serve someone they disagree with, but this is lost on those who commented on Being Liberal’s Facebook share of this article. “What a whiner he is. All upset because he’s not doing anything wrong, just going about his business of living,” stated one person, while another claimed “How does your own medicine taste you jerk?”



In a free market where property rights were respected, any business would be able to kick out any person for any reason. The irony is that while the left claims a free market would allow people like Spencer to be racist anywhere they go, his gym canceling his membership is an example of the market fighting against discrimination.

Author: Luke Henderson

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

One thought

  1. how is wanting spencer out for being a fashy piece of shit the same as not wanting businesses to be able to kick people out for immutable characteristics of their being? are y’all really this dumb? honestly


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