Category: Takings

The antidote to majoritarianism: Part 2, There are outer limits

12 February, 2015 (09:00) | Apartments, Constitution, Fifth Amendment, Housing, Law, Local issues, Markets, Rent control, Rental, San Francisco, Takings, US News | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As we saw in yesterday’s Part 1, essential to democracy is the protection of minority rights against the majoritarian impulse to rewrite the rules by increments, and as property rights are human rights, they must be protected by an entity or branch of government that stands […]

The antidote to majoritarianism: Part 1, On its face fails both tests

11 February, 2015 (10:00) | Apartments, Constitution, Fifth Amendment, Housing, Law, Local issues, Markets, Rent control, Rental, San Francisco, Takings, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith In case of emergency, think for yourself Once a society has decided that a particular group of people is morally guilty against the public interest, it can and often will embark on a series of exactions, each of which it justifies as necessary to ‘level the playing field,’ ‘correct historical inequity,’ […]

Groundhog Day at the Rent Guidelines Board: Part 8, “How the duck did this happen?”

24 July, 2014 (09:22) | Affordability, Apartments, de Blasio, Democracy, Housing, Markets, Mobs, New York City, Politics, Rent control, Rent Guidelines Board, Rent stabilization, Rental, Takings |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 7 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.] By:David A. Smith Phil: Do you know what today is? Rita: No, what? Phil: Today is tomorrow. It happened. – Groundhog Day Candidate Bill de Blasio, as we saw in yesterday’s Part 7, had […]

Groundhog Day at the Rent Guidelines Board: Part 7, “Some of it dirty”

23 July, 2014 (09:23) | Affordability, Apartments, de Blasio, Democracy, Housing, Markets, Mobs, New York City, Politics, Rent control, Rent Guidelines Board, Rent stabilization, Rental, Takings |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.] By:David A. Smith Phil: There is no way that this winter is *ever* going to end as long as this groundhog keeps seeing his shadow. I don’t see any other way out. He’s got to be […]

Groundhog Day at the Rent Guidelines Board: Part 6, “A different situation by law”

22 July, 2014 (08:56) | Affordability, Apartments, de Blasio, Democracy, Housing, Markets, Mobs, New York City, Politics, Rent control, Rent Guidelines Board, Rent stabilization, Rental, Takings |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.] By:David A. Smith Phil: You want a prediction about the weather, you’re asking the wrong Phil. I’ll give you a winter prediction: It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be grey, and it’s gonna last you for the rest […]