Robin Hood in Reverse: How Government Can Take Your Property and Give it to the Rich by William Kline
7:00 pm in Brookens Auditorium at University of Illinois Springfield. Free and open to the public.
Susette Kelo owned a house in New London Connecticut near Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. Pfizer wanted her land for their business. The City of New London decided the property would be better used by Pfizer and eminent domained the Kelo house. The case went to the Supreme Court where, by a 5-4 decision, the Court decided that government could eminent domain private property for private economic development. In most of the United States, it is now legal for a local government to take your home and give it to a private business if this transfer would result in greater tax revenues. In this talk you will learn more about the many cases of this abuse happening across the United States; learn why the concept of property rights is crucial in this fight,; and learn what you can do to fight this injustice.
Dr. William Kline is the Program Director and an Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies / Liberal and Integrative Studies. Dr. Kline holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Bowling Green State University. He specializes in Economics, Business Ethics, and Applied Ethics.
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