Tuesday, July 05, 2005

My land is my land

Robert of the Libertopia blog wrote a number of pieces on this subject so much more eloquently than I ever could, but still, I wanted to write something about it. I'm sure I'm way more extreme than he though and what I'm about to say, he might want to distance himself from me. No hard feelings though, Robert. I understand completely.

I'm talking about the recent Supreme Court decision basically saying that corporations can use the government to take your land from you, with just compensation of course, if they can show that they could make the property look better. Screw that. For one thing, it bothers me to no end that recently, the trend has been the corporate state over the individual. I'd love to see a guy with a shotgun challenge this. I'd even pay for his lawyer fees if he survives. If not, I'll help out his next of kin with anything I can.

You know this ruling will be used against the little guy - the guy who can't afford a good lawyer. Corporations will look at the little guy and just take his land from him. And just compensation? Who determines that? You know the little guy will be on the losing end of that one.

I know I'll be on some list for saying this, but I don't care. I'm sure I'm already on some list because I believe in freedom still. It's all about Life, Liberty, and Property and what's mine is mine. If some corporation wanted my land, I'll fight them first through legal means. If I lose there, they better be able to run more than 2000 feet per second.

I find the recent trend towards the corporate state very disturbing. I hope to find like-minded people who truly believe in American values. I still think America is the best place to live and I'm not kidding either. But we must be vigilant in our fight for freedom. We can't let our wonderful country continue to go the route it's going.


Anonymous G said...

Amen! When I heard that on the news the other day, I almost died. Freaking corporations. What has our country turned into?

7/05/2005 7:08 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

I read on another blog that the ultimate decisions will be up to the individual states. I guess it's time to start lobbying our state governments to take a stand against this!

7/05/2005 7:24 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

Yeah, this one burns me. Garden Grove tried to pull this a while back but got scared off. I'm sure they'll try again. Where I'm moving is probably safe, although "Old Towne" Yorba Linda is at serious risk of gentrification.

7/05/2005 8:45 PM  
Blogger Vest said...

The law of Morality sides with those able to field the heaviest artillery.

7/05/2005 9:06 PM  
Blogger Levi Nunnink said...

Amen, bro!

7/05/2005 10:08 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

Don’t get me wrong, ZS…one does what one must. I think that your sentiments are more than called for, if indeed local governments persist in confiscating property for corporate interests.

7/06/2005 12:30 AM  
Blogger kitkat said...

I think it's pretty f*cking sick that because someone doesn't like the way your property looks, they can just buy it and make it look pretty--you know, by putting in another Wal-Mart or Home Depot.

I feel a blog coming on about homeowners' associations too. Fascist bastards!

7/06/2005 4:17 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I don't see why your views would be seen as extreme? I think you're right on the mark on this one. American society is becoming more and more commodified, commericialized and corporatized (if that's not a word yet, I want the rights). This is just another attempt to stamp out the rights of the little people.

Also, think of the implications for conformity. Your neighbors don't like the way your property looks because you don't conform to their standards for what it should look like?

There's also an ordinance in Chicago now that if a bar/club is considered a "nuisance" by a certain percentage of people in the district it can be closed. So say goodbye to anything individual. They'll close down the local dives and install Buffalo Wild Wings and Champs instead.

Unfortunately, most people are too wrapped up in the consumerism to think that this could ever possibly affect them, and hence, don't care.

7/06/2005 7:04 AM  
Blogger Bridget Jones said...

That pissed me off too. Haven't those idiots read the Constitution? It's Soooo against it it isn't funny.


7/06/2005 4:41 PM  
Blogger Kunaxa said...

Argument well taken -- but who doesn't want a Wal Mart in place of their dream home on land they've worked a lifetime to get !?!

7/06/2005 10:05 PM  
Blogger savage said...

Zombieslayer for president, 2008!
list? What list? We don't need no stinkin' list.
PPS: I'm annoyed that history shows that individuals and governments and whoever is stronger takes land away from others and then (referring to ZS's post) suddenly the same government is trying to justify taking land away from its own citizens. Hm.
It is as though, where corporations are concerned, lately, we HAVE NO GOVERNMENT.
need I say...
The CSU school in this town had a class about corporate globalization, they had these really cool-moving-haunting-rallying posters to advert for it. I wish I could have attended that class.
Fight the corporate elite.
Fight those who don't deserve their wealth and power.
You can start by boycotting companies (such as Wal*Mart) that are known for this crap.

7/07/2005 6:35 AM  
Blogger savage said...

Think of how National Elections are determined: There are clearly stipulations to avoid the "tyranny of the majority" ...
(I was thinking of those home owner's associations)
As far as I'm concerned, if you have a free trade in real estate and without robbing anyone, have the money for the land and can build or can get others to build for you on that land, build your home and decorate it how you like.
It is really weird that people who bow to these weird rules about how their homes should be painted and how their front lawns should be decorated, have kids who drive whatever with the radio cranked up real loud and do other things in the name of individuality.
I'd like to say "grow up" to either group. I'd hate it if I couldn't express myself on my own property. As long as I'm not a fire hazard to my neighbors, ...

7/07/2005 6:44 AM  
Blogger exMI said...

Good luck. It is better to aim low than to aim high.

7/11/2005 7:41 PM  
Blogger savage said...

...a related/unrelated issue...
Concerning injustice and fraud...

My girlfriend this morning and afternoon was giving me details about her language school and the homestay situation she had while attending. American Language Institute uses the CSU, Long Beach campus for classrooms to teach English to international students.

Based on her story, I became enraged and began my campaign to spread fear and agony and a little of my frustration around a little.
Here is the ENTIRE BLOG(!) I set up for the purpose:
ALI at CSULB Campus Condones Fraud
If it doesn't work (for some reason blogspot sometimes doesn't load for me, try my site:


I'm annoyed, basicly because people take advantage of others who don't know they can complain, or don't know who to complain to. But in this case, those responsible used the school to help them and the school knowingly went along with it.

7/16/2005 4:47 PM  

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