Good for the Goose AND Gander Sort of Thing

by Don Boudreaux on July 11, 2014

in Civil Society

Here’s a letter to KCBS-TV in San Francisco:

You report that “[t]he San Francisco Giants organization is in the final steps of adopting a policy to ban fans from wearing ‘culturally-insensitive’ attire at AT&T Park” (“San Francisco Giants May Ban ‘Culturally Insensitive’ Attire At AT&T Park,” July 9).

Because the Giants and Major League Baseball are private organizations, I believe that they should have the right to ban from their premises whatever customers they wish for whatever reasons strike their corporate fancies.  But I can’t help but ask: How many San Franciscans applaud as enlightened and civilized the banning of “culturally insensitive attire” at baseball games, but also moralize indignantly at the closed-mindedness and petty tyrannies of conservatives who wish to ban displays at museums of the likes of Andres Serrano’s “Piss Christ” or Robert Mapplethorpe’s explicit homoerotic photos?  I hope that the number is small, but I fear that it is, in fact, quite large.

Sincerely,
Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
and
Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair for the Study of Free Market Capitalism at the Mercatus Center
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA  22030​​​​​​

I thank Neal Phenes for the pointer.

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