Tag Archive: Eminent Domain Abuse


Tim Carney: Eminent Domain Often Leaves Broken Communities Behind

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Weeds and rubble cover 90 acres along Long Island Sound. A room with cinder-block walls sits locked in an empty in Brooklyn basement. And a gleaming industrial palace has failed to bring jobs to the banks of Ohio’s Mahoning River.

  These are monuments to failed central planning. Eminent domain, state and local subsides, and federal-corporate partnerships have yielded these lifeless fruits, failing to deliver the rebirth, community benefits and jobs they promise — but succeeding in delivering profits to the companies that lobby for them.

  The economic philosophy at work here isn’t capitalism or socialism. It’s corporatism: the belief that government and business should work together. You could describe corporatism as the view that profits provided by the market aren’t sufficient motivation for business, so government must put some icing on top. From another perspective, corporatism is government’s attempt to harness the profit motive for the goals of policymakers: let industry row the ship while politicians steer.

  Often, the corporatist ship founders on the rocks of false promises.

  Last decade, the New London Development Corporation — a quasi governmental body — crafted a plan for revitalizing the small Connecticut town. This plan involved a new Pfizer plant. The NLDC and local politicians sold the land to Pfizer for $10, gave the company tax breaks and pledged $26 million to clean up contamination and a local junkyard.”

 

 

 Read Mr Carney’s entire piece and see our post on the ninth anniversary of the Kelo decision for more on the evils of the State’s eminent domain abuse in the service of corporate cronyism . For those who are interested in further reading on the subject of State sponsored theft of private property you can read our posts here , here , here and here

 

   Parts two and three of the Independence Institute’s video above are available here .

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Don’t Think It Can’t Happen To You .”

 

 

Published on Feb 26, 2014

” Don’t think it can’t happen to you. The state of eminent domain in America today is that if government wants your property, it can simply take it.

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Colorado Couple May Lose Home In ‘Open Space’ Eminent Domain Seizure

 

 

 

” Andy and Ceil Barrie fell in love with and bought a three-bedroom home on a beautiful ten-acre property within the White River National Forest in Colorado, a sprawling reserve of 2.1 million acres. Only three years after purchasing the property and the house within it, county government officials, annoyed by the couple’s use of an ATV to drive to their property, are trying to to take the Barries’ home away.

  The county claims that it is seizing the property through eminent domain in order to preserve open space, according to an Associate Press report. The Barries say they have no plans to develop the land at all, and even let hikers travel through their property. Open space “is all it’s ever been,” Andy Barrie said.

  The Barries use an ATV to reach their home via a 1.2-mile mining road through the forest. After the U.S. Forest Service told the couple that they could not use a motorized vehicle to get to their property, the Barries claimed a legal right to use the road and are preparing to challenge the Forest Service in court.”

 

National Review has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Years Of Little Tyrannies In 2 Minutes!

 

 

 

Published on Dec 30, 2013

” After 12 years, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg leaves office on New Year’s Day, 2014.

  His legacy goes far beyond his nanny state war on cigarette smoke, salts and fat, but into his use of the NYPD (which he described as “his personal army”) to spy on citizens and stop-and-frisk young men of color en masse, as well as his abuse of eminent domain to seize private property and hand it over to his fellow billionaire developers for massive vanity projects.

  Reason TV takes a brief year-by-year look back at Mayor Bloomberg’s most outrageous assaults on freedom of choice and civil liberties.

  About 2 minutes. “


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Epstein @ Ricochet

 

 

 

 

” Do property rights count for nothing anymore? This question lies at the heart of my column this week for Hoover’s Defining Ideas.

This month, the Supreme Court will hear a case, coming out of Florida, addressing the longstanding conflict between the constitutional protection of property rights and the state’s desire to preserve its pristine wetlands from destruction by real estate development. The current law on this thorny topic, in Florida as elsewhere, gives the state the final authority to decide whether these wetlands should be developed. The state can let the development proceed as planned when its effects on the wetlands are minimal. But whenever the effects are more substantial, the state can refuse to permit the development of the land unless the landowner agrees to “mitigate” any resultant harm to the environment. I explain further over at Defining Ideas. ”