U.S. SUPREME COURT ‘EMINENT DOMAIN’ RULING IMPERILS PRIVATE PROPERTY;
BIG BUSINESS IS NOT ‘PUBLIC USE’!
This week’s Supreme Court decision in Kelo v. City of New London may do to private property what Enclosure did to the Commons. It is unjust law. It will enslave not only small property holders, but cities and states themselves, to Big Business (that is, more than we already are).
The Enclosure of the Commons in England starting in the 1700s created the modern phenomenon of mass poverty there, as well as wage slavery for tens of millions. Ironically, the rural lords in whose favor it was done by Parliament and (shamefully) allowed by the King, have been ruined by it.
There is no way the writers of the Constitution envisioned such a turning of Eminent Domain on its head (even if they were slavemasters). But I learned a long time ago that Big Business owns Local Government in this country. You should see mayors and councilmembers salivate at every business development proposal!
I’m new to the anti-‘taking’ movement…and to agreement with the Fascist Three on the High Court. But Kelo is a step too far. Every home, every small business, in America, is now on the block. And it’s well-known that ‘condemned’ property-owners are undercompensated by local governments.
The Supreme Court has erred.