By the sovereign power invested in me by the State of Nature I name this day Shut The Fuck Up Day and I heartily encourage everyone who is expressing dismay at the Kelo decision while still implicitly asserting that the collective does in fact own everything to just Shut The Fuck Up.
To celebrate find some statists (It’s too easy!) and invite them to Shut The Fuck Up. Look, here come some of them now…
Justice O’Connor’s dissenting opinion was joined by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and by Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. She emphasized that rather than adhering to its precedents, the court had strayed from them by endorsing economic development as an appropriate public use.
“Who among us can say she already makes the most productive or attractive use of her property?” Justice O’Connor asked.
She added: “The specter of condemnation hangs over all property. Nothing is to prevent the state from replacing any Motel 6 with a Ritz-Carlton, any home with a shopping mall, or any farm with a factory.”
Both Justice O’Connor and Justice Thomas, who also filed his own dissent, emphasized that the decision’s burden would fall on the less powerful and wealthy. “The government now has license to transfer property from those with fewer resources to those with more,” Justice O’Connor said. “The Founders cannot have intended this perverse result.”
Justices O’Conner, Thomas, Rhenquist and Scalia – Please, just Shut The Fuck Up.