Ending eminent domain abuse–where individuals’ homes and businesses are taken by the government not for a public use but for private economic development–has become one of the central missions of the Institute for Justice’s property rights program. To me this practice seems immoral. It’s not the government’s job to give one person’s property to another person.
This practice encourages bribery. Who knows what inducements are offered to local politicians to act in favor of some big retailer or other business?
I assume this practice must have been upheld by the court somewhere along the line. More’s the pity.
Items for debate:
– Is this a misuse of eminent domain?
– Is it unconstitutional?
– Should it be stopped?
– How can it be stopped?