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Charley Foster

It’s not just about taking from the poor to give to the rich. It cuts the other way too. In fact, one of two landmark Court decisions signaling a shift in the standard from actual “public use” to mere “public purpose” upheld a statute in Hawaii allowing the state to condemn property owned by landlords and convey it to tenants. The state claimed property was too highly concentrated in the hands of a few owners and the public purpose of the legislation was to correct a perceived malfunctioning land market. O’Connor wrote the decision. (Hawaii Housing Authority v. Midkiff, 467 U.S. 229 (1984)).

Dave Tufte

I had heard about this. I have two thoughts.

1) What we are seeing here may be richness in political power as opposed to money.
2) Hawaii may be a special case, given the concentration of power from it's colonial stage.

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