June 23, 2005

What's the Dif? Part 2

I read the news today oh, boy!

Even prepared, though, I expect to become nauseous this weekend when I read Kale. It is another case that Micha can use in his paper equating the mafia and government. Lynn Kiesling quotes this from the AP:

As a result, cities now have wide power to bulldoze residences for projects such as shopping malls and hotel complexes in order to generate tax revenue. ...
Yep, it's all about more revenue. And, as Patri Friedman notes:
Now they’ve interpreted the word public in Amendment V ("nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.") to mean anything which benefits the public in general, including private businesses, rather than the more obvious interpretation of direct public use. Since you can argue that pretty much any private business benefits the public, now your local officials, who “know best", get to decide whether or not to bulldoze your fucking home. (emphasis in original)
Read the rest of their posts and follow Lynn's links for much, much more.

Update: Randy Barnett notes this apropos comment by Lysander Spooner.

Posted by Steve on June 23, 2005

People are going to die over this. The possibility of peaceful resolution in the courts is gone and there are more than enough crazies in this country that people are going to be killed.

Posted by Bryan at June 23, 2005 8:41 PM
follow me on Twitter