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Civil Liberties

March 14, 2019

Asset Forfeiture is Overreach


IPI expert referenced: Tom Giovanetti

Buried in the back of the Points section is this column of real significance about over-reaching government and property seizures. Persons acquitted of a crime still cannot get their property back? What country is this? 

March 11, 2019

Private Sector Use of Eminent Domain: Legitimate, Strategic, Constitutional


In a new IPI publication, “On Private Sector Use of Eminent Domain,” Tom Giovanetti confronts a difficult topic and makes the limited government case for the right for property to be taken by the private sector when there is an unwilling seller and two key conditions are met under the Fifth Amendment’s Takings Clause.

March 8, 2019

On Private Sector Use of Eminent Domain


There is no reason for principled conservatives to oppose private sector use of eminent domain, so long as it is reserved for a public use and includes just compensation. In fact, private sector infrastructure should be preferred over taxpayer-funded, government infrastructure. Through private sector development of infrastructure, we can grow the economy without growing the government.

March 5, 2019

GOP Senator, Oil Industry Clash Over Proposed Eminent Domain Reforms


IPI expert referenced: Tom Giovanetti

Tom Giovanetti, president IPI, said he was “forced to testify in cautious opposition to the legislation and it is not because we do not value property rights and it is not because we are not sympathetic to situations where this is an unwilling seller.” But he said the bill — being limited to only private, for-profit companies — seems to assume “that private sector use of eminent domain is somehow more subject to abuse than government use or that there is something that is actually inappropriate about private sector use of eminent domain.”

March 4, 2019

Testimony Before Texas Senate State Affairs Committee Defending Private Sector Use of Eminent Domain


March 3, 2019

Asset Forfeiture is Tyranny, and Fortunately the Supreme Court Noticed


A government that simply takes things because it can, and then puts the burden of proof on citizens to get their property back, is a tyrannical government akin to the abuses Americans originally rebelled against. Asset forfeiture must be stopped.

January 4, 2019

California Schemin'


A successful consumer data privacy law would be a federal law that addresses interstate issues.

December 19, 2018

France's Rollback of Carbon Taxes Seems Like a Setback for Environmentalists, But Progressives Are Determined to Impose Them


Imposing carbon and gasoline taxes is not about ways to pay for needed government services. It’s about progressives trying to fund their climate change agenda.

October 19, 2018

The Supreme Court Justices Have Become Gods and That's Not Constitutional


In the constitutional design, there are three co-equal branches of government. Why, then, do we operate as if the judicial branch is supreme over the other two, and supreme over the states?

October 3, 2018

Top AZ Justice in Dallas: Why Stakes are So High for Supreme Court Nominations


At the Institute for Policy Innovation’s Hatton W. Sumners Distinguished Lecture Series lunch on October 22, Arizona Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick will address the crux of what’s at play regarding this high-stakes Supreme Court nomination.

 

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