In this Slate article the author discusses oral arguments over a “takings” case. What’s really ironic is that the author’s main point seems to be that libertarians are silly ideologues, when her own summary shows that there is clearly no guiding criteria in such cases except, “So long as the government is not obviously stealing someone’s property and giving it to a political crony, it’s OK.” (That’s my quote, but it’s close to one of the actual justice’s points.)
If a private developer used a few ruffians to intimidate people into selling their property for the purposes of a shopping mall, every “progressive” would tremble in horror. (I know because this was an actual episode of Knight Rider.) But when the developer gets the government to intimidate people with its thousands of armed agents for the exact same purpose, it’s all about helping depressed communities and creating jobs.