Noise Pollution

From: J
Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2019 9:23 AM
Subject: Fwd: Loud Noise At The Traffic Light

Does the loud (and often obscene) music emanating from the vehicle next to you at a traffic light violate the NAP? Thank you for your thoughts on this matter.


Dear J:

In the libertarian society, the road owner would decide policy on this.

Block, Walter E. 2009. The Privatization of Roads and Highways: Human and Economic Factors; Auburn, AL: The Mises Institute;; available for free here:;;; audio:;;

Here is the best thing ever written on pollution in general, and noise pollution in particular:

Rothbard, Murray N. 1982. "Law, Property Rights, and Air Pollution," Cato Journal, Vol. 2, No. 1, Spring; reprinted in Block, Walter E. Ed. Economics and the Environment: A Reconciliation, Vancouver: The Fraser Institute, 1990, pp. 233-279;;;

Insofar as obscenity thrust in the face of people who are appalled by it is concerned, I am now working on Defending the Undefendable III the third in my series of these books. In it, I devote an entire chapter to the Front Lawn Fornicator and what to do about him. Hint: private property rights to the rescue, condo associations will prevent this. We do not need any more than the (very thin) libertarian non-aggression principle and private property rights. We certainly do not need to impose conservative culture on anyone in order to deal with this problem as some right wing thick libertarians maintain.

Best regards,



11:31 am on May 19, 2019