Thursday, June 23, 2005

If it sounds like a duck...

Gah.
[Tip o' the hat to Marginal Revolution]
Local officials, not federal judges, know best in deciding whether a development project will benefit the community, justices said.
Does this sound frighteningly like soviet Russia to anyone else?

To contrast, here is a short excerpt from Ayn Rand's The Objectivist Ethics. Italics are hers, bolding is mine:
The only proper, moral purpose of a government is to protect man's rights, which means: to protect him from physical violence -- to protect his right to his own life, to his own liberty, to his own property and to the pursuit of his own happiness. Without property rights, no other rights are possible.

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