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Last week, the Supreme Court made a fairly scary ruling which announced that local governments can seize your property against your will and give it to private interests. In the past, local governments have had the power to seize your land via “eminent domain” for public projects like streets or roads. But now, its apparently enough to say “some company wants this land to build a hotel. And a hotel will be good for the city’s economy.”
Which brings us to our genius prank of the day: a clever libertarian has filed plans with the city of Weare, New Hampshire, to build a hotel on the site of Supreme Court Justice David Souter’s house.
Logan Darrow Clements, CEO of Freestar Media, LLC, points out that the City of Weare will certainly gain greater tax revenue and economic benefits with a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road than allowing Mr. Souter to own the land.
The proposed development, called “The Lost Liberty Hotel” will feature the “Just Desserts Café” and include a museum, open to the public, featuring a permanent exhibit on the loss of freedom in America. Instead of a Gideon’s Bible each guest will receive a free copy of Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged.”
Clements indicated that the hotel must be built on this particular piece of land because it is a unique site being the home of someone largely responsible for destroying property rights for all Americans.
“This is not a prank” said Clements, “The Towne of Weare has five people on the Board of Selectmen. If three of them vote to use the power of eminent domain to take this land from Mr. Souter we can begin our hotel development.”
Clements’ plan is to raise investment capital from wealthy pro-liberty investors and draw up architectural plans. These plans would then be used to raise investment capital for the project. Clements hopes that regular customers of the hotel might include supporters of the Institute For Justice and participants in the Free State Project among others.
Godspeed, gentlemen, godspeed.
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