America, land of the free.
In Port St. Lucie 95 property owners will be sent notices informing them their houses will be purchased.
In a free society nobody would ever be forced into a contract exchange violating their will. If any person or entity tried this means of exchange their actions would be criminal and the contract to be null and void.
Eminent domain is totally and completely inconsistent with free enterprise and libertarianism. It amounts to no more and no less than land theft. – Walter Block
Contracts are entered into voluntarily by both seller and buyer at mutually agreed upon terms and prices. Government claims license for theft (eminent domain) for the public good.
If everyone had the right of eminent domain, every man would be legally empowered to compel the sale of property that he wanted to buy…
The entire system of private property would then be scrapped in favor of a society of mutual plunder. Saving and accumulation of property for oneself and one’s heirs would be severely discouraged, and rampant plunder would cut ever more sharply into whatever property remained. Civilization would soon revert to barbarism, and the standards of living of the barbarian would prevail. – Murray Rothbard
Your overlords are of another class however- the class that writes the rules but to whom the rules do not apply.
The government itself is the original holder of the “right of eminent domain,” and the fact that the government can despoil any property holder at will is evidence that, in current society, the right to private property is only flimsily established. Certainly no one can say that the inviolability of private property is protected by the government. And when the government confers this power on a particular business, it is conferring upon it the special privilege of taking property by force.
That is not the greatest injustice that these property-owners have endured at the hands of government who is also responsible for the artificial housing boom that wrecked havoc locally. Government has sidelined their ability to market their property.
Many homeowners have been hearing for years their homes could be purchased. While they wait for an offer, they said, they can’t put their house for sale because no one will buy a home that will soon disappear.
Government has crushed the American Dream for the Lauers.
The Lauers, both in their 70s, bought their house in 2004, during the peak of real estate market, for $165,000.
They thought this would be the home where they would spend the rest of their lives. No one told them a road would cut through their neighborhood, they said. Their home was appraised by a private appraiser four months ago at $85,000.
Unfortunately it is difficult to stop government’s boot from coming down.
Tony Dipanni said many of his neighbors sold their houses after they heard about the Crosstown Parkway Bridge. He said he doesn’t want to move.
“There are four generations that came through this house, and we are going to lose it,” he said.
Gary Lauer said he has accepted the inevitable.
Murray Rothbard described government best.
“And, indeed, what is the State anyway but organized banditry? What is taxation but theft on a gigantic, unchecked, scale? What is war but mass murder on a scale impossible by private police forces? What is conscription but mass enslavement? Can anyone envision a private police force getting away with a tiny fraction of what States get away with, and do habitually, year after year, century after century?”― For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto
Map of Soon-to-be-Stolen Homes