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Land Grab by the government — A growing problem

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

A small but explosive book was recently published by a Macon, Georgia, author that deserves close perusal not only in Middle Georgia but all of America. The book is Land Grab — How Our Country Can Grab Your Land Without Paying a Fair Price (2014) by Alan H. Preston, who like his brother, uncle, and father, has a degree in Forestry (from the University of Georgia).  His parents, Druid and Carol Preston, have been our good friends and neighbors in Macon for nearly 30 years.

Faria: American naïveté (Part 2): "If you have nothing to hide..."

The powerful French Minister Cardinal Richelieu stated, “If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged.” What Richelieu’s statement means is that the State can prosecute or blackmail and force anyone to do its bidding, once that person is targeted by the State for real, imagined, or fabricated offenses.

Faria: American naïveté (Part 1): "If you have nothing to hide..."

In a previous article, “European social democracies and gun control,” I wrote that many Americans are extremely naïve when it comes to trusting the government with their liberties.

American naïveté: So you have nothing to hide!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

In a previous article in GOPUSA about gun control in the European social democracies, I wrote that many Americans are extremely naïve when it comes to trusting the government with their liberties.

Forfeiture: A Threat To Every American

James Bovard
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March/April 1999
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Few areas better illustrate the vast sweep of government power than asset forfeiture laws. Forfeiture --- which is simply a nice word for government seizure of private property --- has increased by over 1500 percent since 1979. Federal agents can confiscate private property with no court order and no proof of legal violations. Law enforcement officials love forfeiture laws because a hefty percentage of the takings often go directly to their coffers.