Cleek has moved to
Update your treasure maps accordingly.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Emminent Disgrace

via SCOTUSblog:
    Splitting 5-4, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a local government may seize private property for purposes of profit-making private re-development, declaring that this constitutes a 'public use' under the Constitution.

Taking private land for any reason is deeply offensive; taking it to give to private developers so they can build shops and offices is a fucking disgrace.

The majority writes:
    "Those who govern the city [of New London] were not confronted with the need to remove blight..., but their determination that the area was sufficiently distressed to justify a program of economic rejuvenation is entitled to our deference....Clearly, there is no basis for exempting economic development from our traditionally broad understanding of public purpose."

As this blogger puts it:

    What does this mean for you? It means that at any point in time, a private developer can go to the city and say that they can make better use of your land than you can. What is next? Tearing down small ranch style homes in order to build multi-million dollar mansions? The Supreme Court has now decreed that the burden of proof is on the individual to somehow prove that they deserve their land, instead of it being on the taker to prove that they absolutely need it. This is an incredibly dangerous shift. This is the most fucked up combination of socialism and capitalism that I've ever seen, and it makes me sick.

Makes me sick too.

All images Copyright 2004-2005, cleek.