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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Eminent domain as a tool for extortion

Check out the summary of this article:
Developer Demanded $800,000 or Village Would Take Property;
Property Owners Refused, Village Condemned Land Next Day.
Once you establish a precedent of using eminent domain to acquire land for private purposes, you set a precedent for extortion/crony capitalism/theft/call it what you will. That is why it is important to protest Kelo and Singur and so on.

(Link via email from Gautam John. Also see this excellent post on eminent domain by Shruti Rajagopalan.)
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