Podcast Mixtape: Radiolab Presents More Perfect

Monday, July 10, 2017

(Radiolab's More Perfect)

Would you give up your home if it could possibly benefit the greater good? What if the government needed to take your land to build a hospital; would you give in? 

Should the government enjoy broad powers to take private property?

Radiolab and More Perfect host Jad Abumrad moderated a lively debate between Elie Mystal, legal editor at More Perfect, and Dana Berliner, litigation director at the Institute for Justice, which argued on behalf of homeowners in the U.S. Supreme Court case Kelo v. New London.  


Jad Abumrad and Elie Mystal


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Marcus Sandiford from Brooklyn, New York

If it's truly for a "greater good" and I was justly compensated, a resounding yes is the answer I and most right-thinking people would give. From what I have seen at Atlantic Yards though, a greater good is a private gain for a real estate developer subsidized by the tax payer. http://reason.com/archives/2009/10/08/when-public-power-is-used-for

It was interesting that an African American scholar made the argument in support of government having broad powers to take property. African Americans were also the face of the eminent domain created Atlantic Yards project to cloak the bad optics of white developers kicking the longest standing black residents out of a neighborhood they arguably created. It took what looked like the only black male in the RadioLab audience to point out, African Americans who are a mere 13 % of the population and own less than 1% of the land are five times more likely than whites to be displaced by eminent domain. What we are looking at with eminent domain crated projects like Atlantic Yards and it is a shame it wasn't addressed in the podcast, is ethnic cleansing https://youtu.be/36OurhtWHcA

Jul. 16 2017 05:37 PM

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