Saturday, February 04, 2006

The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number

As we know, there is no substitute for expertise, authority, and vision when it comes to liberating people. And therefore, one of the most liberating things that a government can do is to use the power of eminent domain to improve the lives of the many.

Fortunately, The Supreme Court's Kelo vs. New London decision supported this principle by declaring that government "takings" can be justified in the name of economic development. The decision, made last June, will enhance what we value most:

  • Economic development (hopefully without Wal-Mart, McDonalds, Starbucks, KFC, or any business that hires non-union labor, serves Coca-Cola, or deals with Israeli companies)
  • A bigger role for government, made possible with higher tax revenues
  • A realization that capitalism equals failure

Anyway, the main point here is that you can now see a map of every eminent domain case in the country. See if your neighborhood (or house!) will be a candidate for improving the greater good!


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