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Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in 21st Century by Timothy Sandefur

By Timothy Sandefur

Ten years after the very best Court's notorious eminent area decision, Kelo v. New London, Timothy and Christina Sandefur's Cornerstone of Liberty surveys the panorama of estate rights within the usa, from redevelopment tasks that grab people's houses and companies for the good thing about politically-connected builders, to environmental laws that forbid humans from development houses on land they supposedly personal, to asset-forfeiture legislation that allow the police grab estate fascinated by against the law whether the landlord isn't really accused of any wrongdoing.  This moment version has been virtually thoroughly rewritten, incorporating information realized in basic terms after Kelo was made up our minds, in addition to an research of the post-Kelo reform efforts, and newer preferrred court docket judgements comparable to the Sackett and Koontz cases.  The Sandefurs combine real-life tales with the philosophical and felony history of non-public estate rights to teach why definitely the right to possession is likely one of the such a lot crucial of human rights. The Sandefurs additionally offer useful thoughts for larger retaining homeowners.

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94 There will always be jealousy and bickering in every society—but where property rights are protected, people are required to respect each others’ boundaries. ’’95 Nobel laureate Friedrich Hayek explained: The understanding that ‘‘good fences make good neighbours,’’ that is, that men can use their own knowledge in the pursuit of their own ends without colliding with each other only if clear boundaries can be drawn between their respective domains of free action, is the basis on which all known civilization has grown.

That Walkman ranks up there as one of my favorite gifts of all time,’’ she wrote. ‘‘I even remember the first cassette that I played in it. To me, that Walkman represented freedom. I could listen to music without waking my little sister. I also gained some much-needed privacy. With the Walkman, it was harder for my older brother and sister to criticize my 23 CORNERSTONE OF LIBERTY playlist. ’’59 A small piece of personal property gave her a sense of independence and self-determination that she cherished.

The Pappases leased the land out to support themselves, and John would often tell his wife, ‘‘When I die, you’ll have this property to support you. . ’’84 But in 1985 the city council created a redevelopment agency with the idea of redesigning the city’s downtown. Even though there was no evidence that the Pappases’ property was blighted in any way, the city adopted a redevelopment plan that involved the condemnation of several Las Vegas properties, including the Pappases’. The next year, when the Pappases and other landowners became concerned that the plan might involve eminent domain, the city held a public hearing—a hearing that a judge later described as a sham.

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