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Ron DeSantis is taking on woke corporations. Good.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is seeking to bar financial intermediaries, such as banks, from discriminating against customers on the basis of their political, religious or social views. That’s a great idea — and an excellent reason for why he’s surging among Republicans nationwide.

The concept is a sound one: Financial institutions are the bloodstream of private enterprise; a business or an individual cut off from them is economically helpless. Preventing banks and other financial entities from using their market power to force compliance with their views maintains everyone’s freedom.

Imagine if you couldn’t set up a bank account because of your views. You couldn’t open a credit card or deposit your paycheck. You would be consigned to the cash economy, which is an increasingly shrinking space as more and more stores go cashless. Yet some companies have already taken steps toward that horror. During the mass trucker protests in Canada, GoFundMe decided to withhold funds donated to the Freedom Convoy and return them to donors. You may disagree with the views of those protesters, but why should a company such as GoFundMe determine whether they are worthy?

People who worry that DeSantis’s proposal would infringe upon the freedoms of........

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