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16. It is capitalism that gave mankind its first steps toward freedom & a rational way of life. It is capitalism that broke through national & racial barriers, by means of free trade. It is capitalism that abolished serfdom & slavery in all the civilized countries of the world;
17. The simplest collective to join, the easiest one to identify - particularly for people of limited intelligence - the least demanding form of 'belonging' & of 'togetherness' is: race;
18. In its great era of capitalism, the United States was the freest country on earth - & the best refutation of racist theories. Men of all races came here, some from obscure, culturally undistinguished countries, & accomplished feats of productive ability which would have remained stillborn in their control-ridden native lands. Men of racial groups that had been slaughtering one another for centuries, learned to live together in harmony & peaceful cooperation. America had been called "the melting pot," with good reason. But few people realized that America did not melt men into the gray conformity of a collective: she united them by means of protecting their right to individuality;
19. It is proper to forbid all discrimination in government-owned facilities & establishments: the government has no right to discriminate against any citizen. And by the very same principle, the government has no right to discriminate against any citizen @ the expense of others. It has no right to violate the right of private property by forbidding discrimination in privately owned establishments; &
20. No man has any claim to the property of another man. A man's rights are not violated by a private individual's refusal to deal with him. Racism is an evil, irrational & morally contemptible doctrine - but doctrines cannot be forbidden or prescribed by law. 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 & disposal of his own property. Private racism is not a legal, but a moral issue - & can be fought only by private means, such as economic boycott or social ostracism.