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    :: Friday, June 24, 2005 ::
    Brave New London: more on Kelo

    Our local paper gets it: in its print edition this morning (not online), the Virginian-Pilot's headline ran: "City Has Plans For Your Home: Start Packing!"

    Say, you don't suppose Kelo is the Supreme Court's response to the "housing bubble," by any chance? You know -- put the guvmint a check away from owning anyone's house, and housing values just have to go down, don't they?

    But that's not all: the lower home values go, the more tempting the use of eminent domain will become. Soon every square foot of the country that isn't a national park or a wetland will be occupied, not by socially wasteful private homes, but by job-creating, revenue enhancing businesses!

    But wait -- the people who get those jobs -- where will they live? Not a problem: Walmart, Pfizer, et al. will put up tall, efficient apartment blocs right next to their workplaces. Or right above them, so that workers can elevator-commute and not pollute! Solves trafffic problems too, see?

    Eventually the whole nation will look like East Germany in the '60s, except it will be a business-goverment alliance, rather than a means-of-production-owning state, that will be in charge.

    Those Framers, with their 18th century notions of property rights -- what were they thinking?

    :: David M. Wagner 12:47 PM [+] ::

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