Friday, June 24, 2005

Land Grab Sanctioned

The Supreme Court approved eminent domain for private development purposes, deferring to state and local courts, in a way that seems (to me, anyway) to take the "interstate commerce" clause into hyperdrive. A number of conservative political blogs (see for a sample) and some moderate and liberal blogs as well (because of the pro-business tilt) are queasy about the result. It seems to me that most of the Supreme Court either forgot that the American Revolution was about private property (partially encapsulated in the "pursuit of happiness") or believe that 21th Century America is "too sophisicated" to need the limits of the original document.


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