Enlightened ramblings of a minarchist libertarian with Objectivist tendencies

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Poletown Pilfering

As anyone who "owns" property here in the US knows, the property is not really yours, it is the governments. We simply pay rent on it. If we fail to pay that rent (ie. property taxes), they take the property away in order to rent it out to someone else. You would think that for that rent, you could do with the property as you like. Of course the government disagrees, after all, it is their property so why would they allow you to just do anything you wish with it. To prevent that, they institute zoning and land use laws.

Now, surely if you pay your rent and meet the zoning guideliness you can, after approval of the local building commission, use your land for whatever you wish. For the most part, this is true, that is until the government decides that it can make more money from another tenant. Then they will swoop in and take back the property in the name of the common good.

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