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The US Supreme Court rules local governments may seize private property in order to sell said property other private entities.

Eminent Domain has been around since I can remember, and I've always found it a rather atrocious concept. Private property is exactly that. I own it. It's mine, and you can't have it. If my property can be better used for the public good by building a public structure or facility, a local government can offer me compensation for my lost property.

That's not so bad.

Taking my property under Eminent Domain and selling it to another private entity for their personal use, however, is. I'm quite surprised to see the Supreme Court leading a war of attrition against private property. We've started the climb up a very slippery slope.

I've got to go find my tinfoil hat now.

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