Item description for Abuse Of Power: How The Government Misuses Eminent Domain by Steven Greenhut...
While governments are authorized to invoke eminent domain -- the power to take property by force -- only when the property is to be employed for public uses, such as highways, schools and courthouse, local governments routinely seize private homes, small businesses or farms and hand them over to wealthy developers who have 'better plans' for the property. Abuse of Power explores the widespread exploitation by local officials in the name of the 'greater good'. The book traces the historical and legal cases that have allowed such abuses to continue and tells the heart wrenching stories of those who have been victimized by the phenomenon. Learn about the many ways homeowners and business owners are fighting back and protecting their rights and about Greenhut's innovative blueprint for reforms.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Jun 30, 2004
Publisher Seven Locks Press
ISBN 1931643377 ISBN13 9781931643375
Reviews - What do customers think about Abuse Of Power: How The Government Misuses Eminent Domain?
Force annexation and abuse of power Sep 16, 2008
i live in Lexington NC and they are using forced annexation to force many hundreds of poor people our of their homes. Lexingtontruth.com has abuse of power listed as a must read.
The truth is this land is no longer you land.
Powerful and Shocking Sep 4, 2006
This book is powerful, succinct, and full of examples and recent cases. It will blow your mind and hopefully, if you have a soul, it will wrench it. First, you'll see clearly, with in the first chapter, how the government does it so readily and easily and they dupe us as a whole into thinking what they're up to is innocuous. Then you'll see how unjust and un-American it is. Then join me in a battle to preserve our fundamental freedoms.
Supreme Court Steps In Oct 4, 2004
Kelo, et al v New Haven, Conn. will be heard by the Supreme Court this session. New Haven is attempting to condemn a series of properties and LEASE the land to a developer for 99 years at a $1 a year. That is a unique twist. The city will own the land but the developer gets to build and sell the houses and commercial buildings. What makes this even more incredible is that the new owners of the the homes, never own the land. So 20 or 30 years from now the city can take their houses and build something else the "City" deems better use of the land.
A Must Read!!!
properties taken away by local Governments Oct 4, 2004
Author does a fantastic job of documenting cases where city council members and local governments propose a dime on the dollar to take private property in order to allow big business to add taxes to their pockets. No accountability! Small property owners do not generally have the money to hire the right lawyers to fight the system and are often overcome by eminent domain abuses of the local government. Without a lawyer, it is hard to know the law well enough to fight local government abuse of power. Books like this one can highlight what should be a great bipartisan case to protect average citizens like us.
Blight is the absence of what Peter can gain from Paul Aug 31, 2004
As someone who has worked on the other side of the table in eminent domain for government agencies for over 20-years, allow me to unhesitatingly endorse Orange County Register columnist Steven Greenhut's book Abuse of Power: How the Government Misuses Eminent Domain. For this book to be authored by a journalist is unusual because, while it is an expose mainly of the abuses of condemnation, on many aspects it reflects an insider's knowledge of the eminent domain game. Any good journalist knows the formula for writing a popular book -- champion the little guy against big government or large corporations. But Greenhut's book is not just another tale of victimology meant only to make money selling books. There are entire shelves of popular books out there that make out some bug or plant as the victim of development as an excuse to steal someone's property. There are many guidebooks to help government agencies in taking property for redevelopment projects that short change the small property owner because there isn't enough money at stake to hire an attorney or appraiser. There are innumerable regulations that can invisibly transfer the bulk of the value of vacant land for the benefit of others without just compensation. Greenhut's book is an antidote to all the above. It is a highly readable 300 pages with 417 endnotes and a helpful list of resource organizations for property owners. Greenhut is on to something big - really big -- in his book. Government property acquisitions for redevelopment projects are predicated on the buy low - sell high principle to make the project pencil out. Greenhut points out the upsidedown definition of "blight" in redevelopment projects as the absence of something, namely tax-producing commercial development, not the presence of slums or hazardous conditions. Thus blight becomes the absence of what Peter can gain at Paul's expense, not the presence of something owned by Peter that hurts Paul. Conversely, there are abuses by hired gun lawyers and attorneys on behalf of property owners at the expense of the public. But the Constitution was meant to protect the small property owner from the abuses of government. The large property owners, developers, monopoly utility companies, and public agencies have their armies of lawyers and appraisers. The small business owner, vacant land owner, the small church or synagogue, or widow is often left defenseless against the predations of government. But now they have Greenhut and his book. It has taken someone with the coincidental name of Greenhut (green=money; hut=house) to expose the "milk-cow" system of eminent domain that feeds lawyers, appraisers, judges, developers, and monopoly utility companies and railroads at the expense of the property owner -- that is unless they have the wherewithal to fight. This book gives them that wherewithal. Property owners need to read it; government agencies should heed it; attorneys should feed it to their clients; academics need it for their classes; and the media should learn to lead with it.