Cliffy, I guess that if your point of view is the classic American Liberal one, then I can no longer call myself that. This is a bit of a shock, because I have always identified as such. I really don’t know where that puts me, because as far as I can see all of the political schools of thought just have it wrong.
I guess that on social and economic issues I believe that the government should basically act as a referee that has made fair rules, and damn well makes sure that everyone plays by them.
What saddens me is that we seem to be loosing the concept of things that are in the public domain and are a direct benefit to the community (Like libraries, schools, roads and such) and things that are privately owned an have some diluted theoretical benefit in tax revenue (like convention centers, shopping malls and the like). At the end of the day, I tend to trust the former because the benefit is obvious. People are reading or learning or better able to commute to work and move goods from point to point. By the same token, I mistrust the later because I see the cities coffers as these ever-hungry bottomless maws that will never be satisfied. By opening this up like this, there is no real motivation for them to not seize land for half-coked schemes.