At LRC, Michael S. Rozeff has responded to critiques made by Block, Wenzel et al. of his earlier "Girl in the Shower" post.
Wenzel suggests that each property owner determine on his own property the rules of social interaction that apply. This is a possible general rule.. No one may aggress against legitimately held private property. Therefore, no one can complain if a private property owner has rules for his property that disallow smoking, or vile language, or drunkenness, or voyeurism. Barring externalities or other problems that may arise, in this scenario, the problem of the girl in the shower disappears.The highlighted observation says it all. Without a bunch of general rules for all properties, but rather simply respecting the rules that each individual sets for his own property, most problems of what should be allowed, and shouldn't, go away.
All that is required is a general respect for private property and general respect for the rules set by property owners on their own properties.
I do want to, in addition, make a comment on one other point Rozeff makes when he writes:
It is presumed that in this private property-owner rule-making world, the knowledge of the rules is communicated to entrants to any piece of property.I would argue that this stipulates a condition beyond respect for private property. If a property owner truly controls his property without any outside interference, why should he be required to put up signs or communicate in anyway what the rules are for his property?
Who is telling him to put up such signs? Under the private property rule of "leave people alone to do whatever they want on their own property," how can "You must put up signs as to your rules" fit?
I would argue that people would just stay away from properties that don't post signs?
And as I have suggested before, most individuals would sign up with security firms that would indicate what are "safe" areas where reasonable rules apply and where such rules are unclear or do not exist or are downright dangerous.
(ht Rick Miller)