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  •  Property==not safe with our SCOTUS (none)
    I think it's time to tap into the frustration that many libertarians must be feeling with the SCOTUS' huge expansion of eminent domain.  Bush and the Congress have done nothing to fix this- and that's what they should have done immediately.  They just want to be able to hand off private property to other private entities.  That is actually a huge step towards socialism, because it's saying you don't really OWN your land- you're leasing it from the government, who can end your lease at any time if they can find a better leaseholder.  That's a huge problem, and is something that can be used to convince libertarians that the new Big Government Conservatives aren't really helping their agenda any.

    "democracy in a republican era - like a police state run by the criminally insane on a schedule set by cable news shows." ~skippy, the bush kangaroo

    by jjhare on Mon Jul 18, 2005 at 08:36:10 AM PDT

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    •  The problem (none)
      Without getting into an argument over the Court's decision in Kelo v. New London, the problem with getting into bed with hard-core libertarians on property issues is illustrated by Ed in Montana's anecdote able.  The libertarians don't like the Kelo decision, but they're not sympathetic at all to the notion of public property, either (at least in theory).

      Liberals tend to support the concept that property can be put to public use with public support.  We won't get libertarian support on that.

      And we'll all float on okay - Modest Mouse

      by Linnaeus on Mon Jul 18, 2005 at 09:58:42 AM PDT

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    •  Eminent domain (none)
      exists so a community can assemble the land needed to build a bridge that everyone will benefit from for generations to come, and not be frustrated by a few obstructing landowners.

      But it does violate property rights. So there needs to be a really strong, clear, unequivocal community need before it is invoked.

      Invoking eminent domain just to enrich a developer who buddied up to the local council -- is wrong.

      Folly is fractal: the closer you look at it, the more of it there is. - TNH

      by Canadian Reader on Mon Jul 18, 2005 at 10:52:34 AM PDT

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