Thoughts, essays, and writings on Liberty. Written by the heirs of Patrick Henry.

January 26, 2007

A Victory For Property Rights In Maryland

Last year, a Judge in Montgomery County, Maryland ruled that Marianne and Marc Duffy, who had bought and renovated a home in Chevy Chase, would have to tear the house down because it violated county zoning laws, even though the house as constructed had been approved by the county. This week, another judge in Maryland [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 11:02 am || Permalink || Comments (8) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Individual Rights,Property Rights,Zoning and Land-Use
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January 22, 2007

Florida Repeals The Laws Of Economics

The Florida legislature overwhelmingly passed a bill today that supposedlyaddresses Florida’s insurance crisis. The solutions these Solons came up with are: The biggest savings are expected to come from expanding insurers’ access to the state’s Hurricane Catastrophe Fund, which pays claims when insurers can’t. Insurance companies pay into the fund, but the coverage is cheaper [...]

Posted By: Kevin @ 9:24 pm || Permalink || Comments (13) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Regulation,Politics,Zoning and Land-Use
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January 4, 2007

Who Makes Up “The Government”?

The refrain is common. “The government should provide X!” or “Why won’t the government do Y?” There is an implicit assumption here, upon which the entire idea is predicated, which is and always has been flat wrong. That assumption is the idea that government is populated with selfless altruists, who happen to be philosopher-kings, able [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:12 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Regulation,Politics,Theory and Ideas,Zoning and Land-Use
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December 3, 2006

A Massive Denial Of Property Rights

The Board of Supervisors of Prince William County, Virginia, where I live, is threatening to put a halt to all new home construction in the county unless the State of Virginia gives it more money for transportation: Prince William County supervisors, angry that the state government is not responding to residents tired of traffic congestion, [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 12:57 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Individual Rights,Property Rights,Zoning and Land-Use
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November 27, 2006

The Far Reach Of Zoning Laws

I’ve written before (here, here, and here) about the impact that zoning and land use laws can have on individual rights. In various parts of the country, they are used to keep undesirable businesses out of certain areas, or to restrict the types of business that can be conducted in a certain areas. And, in [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 4:37 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Property Rights,Zoning and Land-Use
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July 18, 2006

Zoning Laws And Religious Freedom

Last week, I wrote about a Fairfax County, Virginia zoning ordinance that was forcing a family to accept trees that they didn’t want on their property, today’s Washington Post, though, has an article showing how zoning and land use laws can interfere with more than just property rights. McLean Bible Church, a Tysons Corner megachurch, [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 7:30 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Individual Rights,Property Rights,Zoning and Land-Use
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July 14, 2006

Zoning Laws And Property Rights

This morning’s Washington Post carries a story that stands as yet another example of the ways that zoning laws and other land-use regulations interfere with our property rights. Their seven-bedroom, $2.2 million dream home is in spotless, move-in condition. It’s an elegant hideaway on 1.6 acres in Oakton, set back from a winding, tree-lined road [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 8:33 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Individual Rights,Property Rights,Zoning and Land-Use
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July 9, 2006

Government Regulation And The Housing Market

The Washington Post has interesting article today about the almost complete lack of smaller-sized homes being bult for the Washington DC/Maryland/Virginia market. There are several reasons that this is probably occurring. Land values are so high that it makes more sense for developers to build one large homes rather than two or three smaller homes. [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 11:06 am || Permalink || Comments (14) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Property Rights,Zoning and Land-Use
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