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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Eminent Domain in Philadelphia: "I don't need consent"

"Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual."    --Thomas Jefferson
"I don't need consent" is what Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez of Philadelphia said about the seizure of property she is pushing. She also said that something being legal makes it moral. You can watch her claim these dictatorial powers in Mike Salvi's video:

An explanation of the situation from Mike Salvi's World:
Small business owner Meletios Athanasiadis, and 35 other property owners in Philadelphia, received letters, without prior notice, informing them that ownership of their properties has been transferred to the City of Philadelphia. 

Philadelphians marched to Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez and Darrell Clarke's houses to confront them on their decision.

Please watch and spread this video as far as you can, and help show Mel and his neighbors they will not go down against this abuse of power without a fight. 

You can find some of the details of the story here,
This is what happens when people aren't opposed to taxation on the principle that it is theft. Since they have the power to seize money it isn't much of a leap for the government to also seize property. This sordid affair underscores the importance of standing on principle. No theft, no initiation of force, period.

Update, June 14,2013: Mike Salvi put up a second video that includes the protest in front of Councilman Darrell Clarke's house:


  1. Well, it's helpful for the elitist parasites to show their contempt for the peasantry so plainly. But don't worry, they'll gladly rob the people of their earnings, so that when they need to steal your property outright, they can "buy" it with the money they stole from other people before. And golly, it must be okay, because it's "legal." (P.S. Way to give her hell, O.J.)

  2. Yes, the Clowncilwoman's arrogance is very revealing. Thanks for the comment, Larken.

  3. I put a link to this blog post up on a forum & got this comment about the video:

    "She is arrogant, ..she will make more money in the future from these properties. How is she working as a council? Is this a real video?"

    Yes, that's how outrageous this whole thing is. Let's make this video go viral.

    1. On the same forum a Russian wrote:

      "Our government is going to do something like that.

      "About a month ago I had some conversation with policemen that intended to "buy" my real estate here for a ridiculous sum, and they ensured me that such a "law" will be issued very soon and the authorities will give me yet less sum then they provide."

  4. Interesting that they didn't want to pay "fair market value" for the properties in 2007.

    Someone should explain to the council woman that just because someone wants to live in a neighborhood, it doesn't mean they can afford to... and that's just tough luck. I'd love to live in Malibu, but I can't afford it and I certainly don't expect Malibu city council to steal some property on the cheap to build a rat hole for me to live in.

  5. Excellent event and video. Well done to all involved.

  6. I don't understand - you kick out 35 families in order to rent to 45 families?

    Lots of pain for not much benefit....

  7. Give these home owners the zoning approval to build 45 units and let them keep the profits.They can keep the best units for themselves rent the other as subsidized units to the community. That may work better.

  8. what if they don't want to build 45 units? what if they're happy with their homes the way they are? who is to take that away from them? wrong! wrong! wrong!!!!