Food For Thought…

A couple quotes to whet your appetite…

Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.   That is not a just government, nor is property secure under it, where the property which a man has in his personal safety and personal liberty, is violated by arbitrary seizures of one class of citizens for the service of the rest.    – Pres. James Madison

Regarding the roots of conflict:

Some scholars have in fact stated that all human conflicts are actually conflicts over property: who should own what, when and how. Indeed, the history of mankind is a staggering chronicle of the recurring wars and enslavement by one group over another as they fight to impose their notion of the proper commons:ownership system over others.  –David J. Theroux

and finally…

As federal, state, and local regulations have increased in number and scope, property owners have frequently found themselves unable to use their property and unable to recover their losses. Today, we have an immense problem across the nation of uncompensated regulatory takings of private property. – Roger Pilon, PhD – Sr. Fellow, CATO Institute, in a testimony to the United States Senate, 1995 (ten years prior to the Kelo decision)


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