Over at Volokh, David Kopel asks:
do VC readers know of any serious research about a link between heterosexism and capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy and male-dominated privilege? My initial impression is the cause and effect theory of heterosexism is quite wrong. Communist dictatorships, for example, are often quite hostile to homosexuals; yet Communist states are not capitalist, generally have legal equality of men and women, and (outside Europe) are run by non-whites. Conversely, ancient Greece was relatively tolerant of some forms of homosexuality, and yet was patriarchal, dominated by whites, and had a primitive free market.
(Via Instapundit.) Seems some of our readers might be aware of such research.
I am with Glenn and David Kopel on this one; it does seem the “most tolerant societies are capitalist.”
In socialist societies, change comes from the state, but in capitalist societies, changes comes from private institutions and associations which can more readily respond to social change as we see in the increasing number of corporations offering domestic partnership benefits and adopting non-discrimination policies.
Yep, this big evil corporations are way ahead of the state.
So, I answer the question posted in the post’s title in the negative. And add, the more freedom we have, the better it is for gays. As didn’t some sage economist, a Nobel Prize winner, say that capitalism and freedom were pretty much the same thing?