June 2003, Volume 12, Number 3

Public Power, Private Gain

June 2003 Public Power, Private Gain IJ Report Documents 10,000-plus Eminent Domain Abuses Across U.S. By Dana Berliner Think your home is your castle? Think again. Most people don’t realize that the government often takes people’s homes and businesses not for a public use, such as for a post office or a police station, but…

The Momentum is Building

By Beth Stevens Wow, what a year! From our civil asset forfeiture victory in a New Jersey court all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court victory in our Cleveland school choice case, the Institute for Justice and our clients reigned victorious throughout the past year. Look at just a few of the victories…

IJ Beats Back Big Easy Book Ban – For Now

June 2003 IJ Beats Back Big Easy Book Ban—For Now First Amendment and Economic Liberty Challenge Puts Literary Entrepreneurs in Business By Lisa Knepper “We’re not attempting to cause any trouble or get anything special from the government,” declared 25-year-old Jordan Blanton. “We just want to earn an honest living sharing our love of books.”…

Did you know?…

Anti-competitive licensing requirements, unfortunately, are not unique to the street vending business. More than 500 occupations—approximately 10 percent of all jobs in the United States—require that individuals have permission from the state, in the form of a license, before they can pursue their chosen occupation. It’s hard to imagine the justification for licensing most of…

Leveraging Liberty by Letterhead

June 2003 By Chip Mellor Sure, IJ loves setting legal precedents. But sometimes a swift little victory on behalf of a would-be entrepreneur or property owner, secured by nothing more than a letter from the Institute for Justice to a menacing bureaucrat, is also sweet. Many times over the past dozen years, IJ has successfully…

Castle Coalition Trains & Inspires Owners & Activists

June 2003 Castle Coalition Trains & Inspires Owners & Activists By Scott Bullock They came from all over the nation, but they were united by a common foe: local governments abusing the power of eminent domain. During the last weekend of March, we hosted the second annual Castle Coalition conference for more than 30 property…

Vouchers for Vermont

June 2003 Vouchers for Vermont By Dick Komer Vermonters by now are accustomed to the Vermont Supreme Court’s bold reinterpretations of that state’s constitutional provisions. The Vermont Supreme Court concluded that its constitution required the State to discriminate against parents wanting to send their children to religious schools. As all true school choice aficionados know,…

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