ON-Lion Letter

Ten years after the U.S. Supreme Court's infamous eminent-domain decision, Kelo v. New London, the second edition of Timothy and Christina Sandefur's book Cornerstone of Liberty:  Property Rights in 21st Century America surveys the landscape of property rights in the country, from redevelopment projects that seize people's homes and businesses for the benefit of politically connected developers, to environmental regulations that forbid people from building homes on land they supposedly own, to asset-forfeiture laws that let the police seize property involved in a crime even if the owner is not accused of any wrongdoing. 

Timothy Sandefur is a principal attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation in Sacramento, Calif., and an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. 

Christina Sandefur is the vice president for policy at the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix.  The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports the Goldwater Institute.

From the Cato Institute, their Cornerstone of Liberty's new edition has been almost completely rewritten, incorporating details learned only after Kelo was decided, as well as an analysis of the post-Kelo reform efforts, and more recent Supreme Court decisions. 

The Sandefurs combine real-life stories with the philosophical and legal background of private property rights to show why the right to ownership is one of the most essential of human rights.  They also provide practical recommendations for better protecting property owners.

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