Thursday, 25 August 2011

The Theft Act Must Be Repealed, Not Amended

"President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday announced that his administration would push for legislation and revision of laws on land expropriation...

...Under the proposals, local governments will evaluate land transaction prices of expropriated lands every six months, and compensation for landowners will be calculated according to market value rather than the published value of the land, which is often much lower than the market value."
The lefties would settle for that, but to hell with them. Legalized theft of private property is still an enormously consequential injustice - irrespective of how much compensation money the State pays out. If a large corporation wants to acquire somebody's land, then - as with any other form of property - they ought to inquire as to a purely voluntary deal with the property owner and they should receive absolutely no help whatsoever from the State in doing this.

The expropriation act ought to be repealed outright, not simply amended to provide a few extra dollars of lubrication.


  1. There is a reasonable question in that comment, but since it was addressed to me anonymously and amid such foul language and gratuitous insults, I sent it curling forever into the trash can.

    The question is worth responding to, and I will do so in another post, but you are not. Had you spoken like that to my face, I'd have knocked you flat on your arse.

    Piss off and don't come back.

  2. How can you say Lefties would settle for that?
    Land expropriation is a nerve.


  3. Because it's true; by and large they would settle for it. Check out this thread at Turton's place last year.

    Leftist opposition to land expropriation, where it occurs at all, will typically be contingent upon the particularities of who is expropriating what from whom rather than, as in my case, being based on principle.

    They have no principled opposition to coercion of the individual in the name of the collective. At most they may quibble about whether the public good in question is really a public good, or whether it is the right one, or whether and how compensation should be paid and by which tax-payers etc etc...


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