I dislike twitter, to a significant extent because it is suited for “real time” communication, whereas I want information to be indestructible (and easily accessible). Josh Barro uses it a lot though, including in a recent argument about the defects of local government. I wanted to reference it in a discussion with mtraven, but just passing along one link wouldn’t cut it. The relevant comments weren’t that numerous or scattered though, so I figure I’ll compile them here.

Josh Barro:
Libertarians who love hyperlocal governments should take a hard look at planning. Low levels of government are often the most tyrannical.
Tiebout competition doesn’t stop local planning malevolence for two reasons. First, you can’t take your real estate with you.
Second, bad planning acts are often cartel behavior, enriching owners of improvements within the jurisdiction at the expense of outsiders.

Will Chamberlain:
@jbarro @willwilkinson you’re massively discounting the importance of exit and the relevance of the tiebout model. @thousandnations

Josh Barro:
@willchamberlain see my subsequent Tweets. Tiebout competition is of limited use for planning and zoning.

James Poulos:
@jbarro Even lots of petty local tyranny has weaker impact on things libertns care about than 1/2 as bad a tyranny at state or natl levels.

Josh Barro:
@jamespoulos I disagree. People understate how important land use policy is. It’s one of the main ways govt controls what we do.

James Poulos:
@jbarro Yes, but Kelo.

Josh Barro:
@jamespoulos isn’t that exactly my point? The bad actor in Kelo was a municipal government.

James Poulos:
@jbarro Thanks to national-level government one bad actor’s actions became the law of the land?

Josh Barro:
@jamespoulos I don’t like the Kelo decision, but it’s a decision about the powers of local governments.

James Poulos:
@jbarro local tyranny is bad, but its effects are…localized

Tim Carney:
@jbarro but local tyranny is the easiest to exit. That’s huge.

Josh Barro:
@TPCarney this is a good argument for local control over many issues, but not planning, for two reasons I laid out in later tweets.
@TPCarney the first is that your real estate can’t exit with you.
@TPCarney the second is that bad planning policy is often cartel behavior by the voter base inside a municipality.

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