Protecting Private Property

When the Supreme Court decided Kelo v. City of New London in 2005 and determined that private property could be taken away through eminent domain for private use, many Americans were rightly outraged. Unfortunately, our most basic constitutional right to own a home or small business is under threat.

Why? According to the Supreme Court, politicians can team up with developers to take land that belongs to businesses, families or churches simply because a commercial development would be useful in that place.

Fortunately, there are those who are willing to stand up and fight for property rights. Like Adam Smith, we believe the right to own private property is fundamental to our ability to have a vibrant economy, and that property rights are fundamentally important to freedom.