Eminent Domain – A Newspeak Definition

Eminent Domain – A Newspeak Definition

Today we add another term to our Newspeak Dictionary.

Eminent Domain:  Eminent Domain is a legal process through which a governmental agency strips individuals of their property rights to promote a public project (or lack thereof if setting aside ‘green space’).  The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution does specify that property may not be taken “without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”   I agree to the need for such processes on rare occasions like for the building of the Hoover dam which still provides electricity to a large region of the Southwest but Eminent Domain has also been used in recent years provide transfer property through sweetheart deals to influential private developers.  For this reason, Eminent Domain joins our growing Newspeak Dictionary.

Check out the rest of our Newspeak definitions at Prepography‘s Newspeak, A Modern Political Dictionary and drop me a note if you notice a word or term that needs to be added.

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