A first time for everything

Libertarians do something funny

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that government officials may "take" land owned by private individuals and sell it to developers. If it hadn't been for the scary headlines generated by Sandra Day O'Connor's subsequent resignation, tracking the dogfight between pro-capital conservatives against constitutionalist conservatives sparked by the ruling, Kelo v. City of New London, might have been at least a little amusing. (Often the swing vote in recent years, O'Connor authored a sharp dissent to Kelo, leading some pundits to speculate that the case might have been the straw that drove her from the bench.)

We've got to hand it to the members of the Libertarian Party. Usually a humorless lot, they have conjured the perfect stunt to illustrate Kelo's absurdity:

Signatures are being collected for a petition to ask the town to use Justice Stephen G. Breyer's 167-acre Plainfield property to create a "Constitution Park" with stone monuments to commemorate the U.S and New Hampshire constitutions, said party Vice Chairman Mike Lorrey....

Breyer supported the decision, as did Justice David Souter. Earlier this month, a member of the libertarian Free State Project suggested that the town of Weare, about 45 miles southeast of Plainfield, make Souter's home into a "Lost Liberty Hotel."

Read the whole Associated Press report here.

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