Why Liberals Should Care about Property Rights and Eminent Domain

Although I lean somewhat toward the liberal side of the political spectrum, one of that group’s biggest failings is its tendency to see property rights as being of concern only to corporations and the rich. But of course for many poor people, their property constitutes their entire wealth base. And in Montgomery, Alabama, the city is using a blight ordinance that allows it to avoid eminent domain proceedings, and just tear down a house without due process, then bill the owner for the demolition work.

Story here.

Hat tip to Ilya Somin at the Volokh Conspiracy

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J@m3z Aitch is a two-bit college professor who'd rather be canoeing.
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3 Responses to Why Liberals Should Care about Property Rights and Eminent Domain

  1. James K says:

    What? They decide the area’s blighted, so they replace an occupied dwelling with a vacant lot? What are these people smoking?

  2. D.A. Ridgely says:

    Billing the owners is a nice Brazil Information Retrieval sort of touch.

  3. Pete S. says:

    Mayor Strange sure is strange.

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