Sunday, May 11, 2003

Where Right and Left Should Agree

The continuing use of eminent domain by local governments to seize properties for private use, by ridiculously stretching the meaning of "public purpose," should stop. Sometimes it may be justifiable, of course. But, for example, the situation described in this article in which the property was taken and handed over to Pfizer is ridiculous.

It's a lefty issue because the properties are generally owned by lower income people without the resources to mount a legal challenge, and a libertarian-righty issue because of the Evil Big Government/Property Rights angle.

Kudos to the libertarian Institute for Justice for making this one of their issues.

I don't expect President New Baseball Stadium to have much to say about this one, of course.