I haven't commented on this so far, but I really can't believe this is still causing such debate in the Commentariat. I'm referring to the question of whether or not to ban repeat criminals from the Rotorua town centre.
Isn't the flavour of this similar to other questions that have people tangled up in knots? Should we ban smoking in bars? Should club members be allowed to blackball new members? Should employers be forced to adopt racial quotas? Should we be allowed to separate Muslim from non-Muslim bathers on Italian beaches?
The answer to all these questions is the same: "Who's this 'we,' white man?"
That is: "Who owns the bar?" "Who owns the club?" "Whose place of business is this?" "Who owns the beach?" That's right, the way to cut this Gordian knot is with property rights. If this was a Rotorua shop we were talking about, or a Rotorua shopping mall, 'we' would (or should) have no say in whom the shop- or mall-owner wishes to ban from his property. It's the same with beach and bar and business and bordello: He who has the property makes the rules.
The reason you and I are still discussing this is that downtown RotoVegas is owned by the 'public,' ie., by nobody, so that rules on behaviour downtown can only be those implemented by the council and enforced by the police and objected to by 'snivel libertarians' with the cry of "Big Brother!" (To which I can only say, "Oh, Brother!")
Enact or recognise property rights in the RotoVegas CBD however -- for example, by granting shop-owners property rights in the 'public' areas of the town, just as they might have as part of a body corporate in a mall -- and you'll see that as those with a legitimate property right they can make whatever rules or policies they like consistent with their need to make a dollar.
Just another example of how private property de-politicises so called thorny issues.
Of course, another way of solving the problem is to actually lock up real repeat criminals (instead of people like Tim Selwyn), but I'm no more optimistic on that score than I am on this one.
LINK: 5 women, 111 convictions - Sunday Star-Times
Sun, sea and sharia on women-only Italian beach - Guardian [Hat tip Relative Humility]
TAGS: Politics-NZ, Property Rights