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Today, I will be hosting Carla Main, the author of Bulldozed: ‘Kelo,’ Eminent Domain and the American Lust for Land and Wright Gore, III whose family is chronicled in the book.
Ms. Main (her website is here) is an attorney who practiced law in New York City for ten years. She litigated a wide variety of commercial cases involving real-estate-related disputes, the First Amendment, fraud, art law, and civil rights. During her early years as a lawyer, Ms. Main represented condemning authorities in New York City and conducted public hearings at which individuals whose property was being condemned often came forward to protest the project.
Until 2005 Ms. Main was an Associate Editor of The National Law Journal, where she edited the opinion page of the paper and wrote a column on law and society. Her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Policy Review, National Review, The American Lawyer, and The New York Sun, among many other publications.
Wright Gore III’s family owns Western Seafood in Freeport, Texas. The city government in Freeport has been using eminent domain to take Western Seafood to give to a developer to build a marina. I interviewed Wright two years ago on my blog and as a guest host on another Right Talk show.
We will talk about the morality and legality of such eminent domain cases and the American Judiciary’s complicity in allowing governments to take land from some to give to others.
Ilana Mercer, the great classical liberal writer and thinker routinely joins the show with her insightful analysis of current events. She pens a popular weekly columnâ€”â€œReturn to Reasonâ€â€”for WorldNetDaily.com. With a unique audience of 8 million, the site has been rated by Alexa as the most frequented â€œconservativeâ€ site on the Internet. Mercer contributes to other well-known websites, and has written weekly columns for the conservative Calgary Herald and Vancouver’s North Shore News. She is a fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies, an independent, non-profit economic policy think tank