There has been some ongoing dialogue at a couple of recent posts (here and here) regarding the topic of discrimination and exclusion. I would like to explore this topic further, interactively (to the extent such is possible given the format of this blog). I continue to reflect on the following (from one of the aforementioned posts):
Inherently, property is exclusionary. Conclusions can be drawn from this; these conclusions do not make all libertarians happy.
Gay, Moslem, Mexican, whatever. For sake of this post (and to avoid getting caught up in the emotion of any supposedly disadvantaged group), please picture “Martians” when you think about what group it is to which I might be referring.
I will build from what I believe to be the more basic concept to the more complicated concepts on this topic. With each step, I ask two questions:
A) Does the above conform with libertarian theory? If no, please explain why in the comments below.
B) If yes, yet you do not like it, what would you do to stop the practice and on what basis do you justify your intervention?
To not over-complicate this, I assume “property” as those with a reasonable respect for property in the west generally understand it; more specifically, land and any improvements on it that are claimed owned by an individual or other legal entity.
With that, let’s begin:
1) Regarding my home and the land on which it sits, I have the right to exclude whomever I choose from access or otherwise manage to whom I allow or disallow access.
2) My neighbor and I have agreed to certain parameters on the conditions raised in question 1) above. We agree to implement common conditions in accord with these parameters and further have agreed to support the other in defense of these parameters.
3) The two of us have found that twenty other property owners in our immediate neighborhood like what we have started. They have agreed to join us under the same conditions.
4) One of these property owners also owns several rental units. He decides that similar conditions will be applied for these properties.
5) This same rental-property-owning tycoon is in a consortium of such property owners; many like what he has done and they have agreed to similar conditions for their properties.
6) There are others in the larger community that like the concept of what we have implemented, but do not agree with the specific conditions we have placed. They therefore have decided on a different set of conditions for their neighborhood.
7) In any / each / all of the above, the relevant property owner(s) has (have) decided to hire an agent to implement these decisions.
In your response, please identify specifically to which item(s) from the above list of seven you are addressing.