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A couple months ago, I wrote a column about the temporary, informal system of property rights in parking spaces that emerges after an urban snowstorm. Apparently, our Lockean instincts don't desert us after winter: Manuel Lora and Jeffrey Tucker have just applied a similar analysis to Mardi Gras and tailgate parties.

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  1. Don’t forget about the informal system of property rights in car parts that emerges after a stolen vehicle arrives at a chop shop. I’m sure Locke would agree that the thieves mix labor to disassemble the car, they gain property rights to it, right?

  2. would agree that when the thieves…

  3. It’s not just “publicly owned” property.

    They could do a similar study of congregational seating in church.

    Or for the godless, pool tables in a bar.

  4. Its simple territoriality, hardwired into nearly everything with a nervous system. People take the same seats in a classroom day after day for the same reason.

  5. Football yahoos tailgating before the Big Game.
    Fat asses, beer and sausage.
    Territorial squatters. Inane John Madden commentary.
    America at its most sublime.

  6. That “informal system of property rights” that springs up around parking spaces is also “fucking annoying”.

  7. That “informal system of property rights” that springs up around parking spaces is also “fucking annoying”.
    If the government would allow people in those neighborhoods to build driveways, then it wouldn’t be an issue!

  8. “That “informal system of property rights” that springs up around parking spaces is also “fucking annoying”.
    If the government would allow people in those neighborhoods to build driveways, then it wouldn’t be an issue!”

    ?????????

    giddings street between Oakley and Leavitt, which illustrates nicely what Mr. Steven Crane says, has no room for driveways. it is still a major issue there.

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