The great thing about America used to be that if you could dream it, you could build it. If you had a vision to start a business, the only thing standing in your way was you. You still have that ability, the only difference is now you don’t really own that dream. What do I mean? Based on current laws and court rulings you don’t really own anything, you merely rent it and it can all be taken away from you at the whim of the government.
There are now 3 main laws that have been twisted and used by the government in order to take what you have worked for or in some cases let you know that you never owned it to begin with. There’s eminent domain, which the Supreme Court ruled can take your privately owned property and give it to another private citizen or company. Then there are civil asset forfeiture laws, which say the government can take your belongings for a crime, but they don’t have to charge you with a crime or even prove you are guilty of said crime. All they have to do is say we believe you might have committed a crime and then take all you own. The final piece to the puzzle is the DMCA, which stand for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. This law is used to sue consumers for items that they have purchased but the manufacturer doesn’t approve of how you are using it. All of these laws are being twisted and manipulated by the government and corporations in order to take what you own and there is little you can do to stop them.
Eminent domain laws have always had a place and purpose in our society. They were originally designed so that if they government needed to build a road or other project for the public good, they could buy your property at fair market value. Now these laws are being used to force you to sell your property so that the government can give it to a private developer. These developers then tear down the existing structures and build something they deem better. This all came to a head with the Supreme Court case of Kelo vs. City of New London, when the Supreme Court ruled this was all perfectly legal. I highly recommend reading about that case if you have the time. When all was said and done, essentially the city lost $78 million and the property that they forced their residence to sell is still vacant to this day. So do you really own something if the government can force you to sell it and then give what you worked and paid for to someone else?