[permaculture] GREENS CALL SUPREME COURT'S DECISION ON EMINENTDOMAIN 'LEGALIZATION OF THEFT'

Loren Davidson listmail at lorendavidson.com
Tue Jun 28 14:38:36 EDT 2005


---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Brent McMillan" <brent at gp.org>
Reply-To: permaculture <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
Date:  Tue, 28 Jun 2005 13:17:37 -0400


>
>GREENS CALL SUPREME COURT'S DECISION ON EMINENT DOMAIN 'LEGALIZATION OF
>THEFT'
>
>While Democratic and Republican officials side with
>developers, Greens vow to remain a bulwark against the condemnation of
>private homes.

I'm registered Green, and I find quite a few interesting ironies in this court decision.

First, it appears to legalize the socialistic practise of taking private property, but in the name of capitalism.

Second, that the taking of private property for some perceived "public good" is viewed by environmentalists and Greens as good when the "public good" is a park or wildlife preserve, but bad when the "public good" is a shopping mall or office complex.

Personally and politically, I think it's a horrible decision, the ramifications of which won't be fully realized for years and will eventually serve as a wakeup call to some folks who currently support it. But in the interim, the situational ethics fascinate me.

Loren


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