“In a word, as a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights.”
James Madison, “Property,” 1792
“Who among us can say she already makes the most productive or attractive possible use of her property? The specter of condemnation hangs over all property. Nothing is to prevent the State from replacing any Motel 6 with a Ritz-Carlton, any home with a shopping mall, or any farm with a factory.”
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, dissenting in the case of Kelo v. New London
This year’s Cato University will focus on property, understood through history, law, economics, and philosophy. The seminar’s theme was inspired by the atrocious Kelo decision of the Supreme Court. Scott Bullock, the lawyer for the Institute for Justice who argued the case, will be on the faculty, along with a distinguished group of scholars. The title and the ad are related to the forthcoming Cato book on property rights by Timothy Sandefur, who will be teaching at the seminar. That’s especially gratifying for me, since Tim attended Cato University when he was an undergraduate.
The Don CeSar Resort, where this year’s Cato University will be held