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Jun 26, 2005 1:13 am

The ‘Left’ and the Kelo Decision

Alexander Cockburn on the “The Supreme Court's Jackboot Liberals”:

“Thomas also wrote an excellent dissent which I’m sure had Jane Jacobs nodding approval. He called the decision"far-reaching and dangerous," and noting correctly that those displaced by urban renewal and"slum clearance" over the years have tended to be lower-income members of minority groups."The court has erased the Public Use Clause from our Constitution".

“Liberals love eminent domain, as much as conservatives love the death penalty, and like many liberal passions it destroys far more lives than the gas chamber or the lethal needle.”

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Ralph Nader on the Kelo decision:

“The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Kelo v City of New London mocks common sense, tarnishes constitutional law and is an affront to fundamental fairness.”

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Anthony Gregory - 6/26/2005

Cockburn will often take on establishment left-liberal sacred cows, on everything from the de-facto ban on jury nullification to the Kyoto Treaty. On these civil liberties issues where mainstream liberals will side with power over freedom, the radical leftists are often much better.

Sheldon Richman - 6/26/2005

Cockburn often gets it right. I (working for the old Council for a Competitive Economy) fought by Nader's side against the taking of Poletown on GM's behalf in Michigan years ago.