Thursday, July 07, 2005


“…nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

The US founding fathers, given their immediate history, were particularly concerned about all aspects of property rights as the very basis of personal freedom vis-à-vis the depredations of government, which rights the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were created and designed to protect; but even those exalted individuals, in all their carefully considered collective wisdom, and wily as they’d been made by recent experience, weren’t nearly wily enough to foresee the need to include the phrase “nor shall private property be taken for private use…” Who back then would have even suggested such a mad eventuality in the noble country they foresaw? Looks like it’s back to kings and peasants again...

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