Re: The Libertarian Action?

From: Brian D Williams (
Date: Fri Nov 03 2000 - 08:26:54 MST

From: "Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" <>

>Suppose Person A wants to open up a bar, and applies for a liquor
>license. Persons B, consisting of the resident/owners of a nearby
>condominium complex, are annoyed by this for the standard reasons
>- increased noise, increased traffic, violent drunks wandering
>around, and decreased property values. Suppose that Persons B sign
>a petition to deny a liquor license to Person A, thus annoying
>Person A and any investors thereof. Do you agree or disagree
>with the following statements?

>(A) Signing a petition to deny a liquor license is an improper use
>of government mechanisms, constituting the initiation of force.

>(B) Signing the petition may be a minor initiation of force, but
>that's a justified response to the bar's proposed initiation of
>noise (or the other negative effects).

>(C) The city government deciding the issue is the nearest
>available approximation to the dispute resolution mechanisms that
>would exist in a libertarian society - for example, distributed
>ownership of "noise rights".

>(D) This is a straightforward conflict of interest between the bar
>builders and the condo owners, and invoking libertarian ethics is
>needlessly complicating the issue.

"C" is the clear choice.

This is in fact common practice, Park Ridge Il, also known locally
as "Pleasantville" ( Where Hillary Clinton is from) is a "dry"
community, only restaurants may serve alcohol.

Some local entrepreneurs open a "Hooters" just accross the street
from the boundary and the town tried to denie them a liquor

The Hooters held out and the matter was finaly decided by a judge.

Hooters won.


Extropy Institute,
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Life Extension Foundation,
National Rifle Association,, 1.800.672.3888
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