Thursday, June 23, 2005

A major step backwards

Very disappointing year for the Supreme Court. First they rule against federalism in the medical marijuana case and today they've ruled against private property by allowing local goverments to use emiment domain to take private property for private development. They call this "public use" because the government claims the development is needed for economic development and that economic development is a public good (whatever that means). Further the Court affirmed the idea that a legitimate government function is economic development. This is a major step backwards for freedom.

Here's the press release from the Institute for Justice announcing the decision:

And a link to the decisions themselves:

Second Update:
Cox and Forkum editorial cartoon nicely captures the ruling:

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