Monday, 27 June 2005

Bulldozing homes--and this is not Zimbabwe

The Supreme Court's agreement that people can be thrown out of their homes so that a shopping mall and a research centre for Pfizer can be built in New London, Connecticut has opened the floodgates. The white-shoed big-noters of Freeport, Texas have just declared this is the "last little piece of the puzzle" allowing them to throw people out of their homes so they can build a marina.

Sit back and watch the announcements tumble in, and realise that bulldozing people's homes for 'the public good' is not just something done in Zimbabwe.

Here's a further round-up of news and commentary on the original decision from Yahoo News, from David M. Brown, Edward Hudgins, George Will, Don Boudreaux, Tyler Cowen, and my own post on the matter, and a number of posts by Todd Zywicki and others at The Volokh Conspiracy.

And if you'd prefer not to sit back but to fight back, check out the The Castle Coalition, a project of The Institute for Justice.

[Hat tip SOLO and Stephen Hicks.]


  1. I'm just wondering then, why are we still thinking that Zimbabwe's government is any worse than many other in Western countries? Sure it is more dramatic in Africa due to poverty, but basically not too different.

  2. "Lets cut off diplomatic and sporting ties with the USA, that should set things right." said Rick, sarcastically.


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