When the Government Finds a Better Tenant

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Yesterday, I mentioned, by the by, that folks who support a broad scope for government tend to assume that the things that they like and that they receive will always be included within that scope.  Well, turn your eyes to Europe:

A woman in Germany is being evicted from her home of 23 years to make way for asylum-seekers, in the second such case to emerge.

Gabrielle Keller has been given until the end of the year to leave her flat in the small southern town of Eschbach, near the border with France.

The flat belongs to the local municipality, which says it is needed to house refugees.

As I’ve also suggested recently, a government built on a central-planning philosophy will also tend to resemble private organizations for which we assume action in self interest.  When the government finds a better use for its apartment buildings, well, it will give the current tenants notice.

The crucial question, in this instance, is why the government believes housing for refugees trumps housing for citizens and how much this example is symbolic more broadly in the West, as Sarah Hoyt implies.



  • ShannonEntropy

    There is no need to “turn our eyes to Europe”. At least in the German case cited, the woman was evicted by the government from property that the government owned. Any property owner can refuse to renew your lease or find some other reason in the lease to evict a tenant

    What we have here is a government that has the power to toss you off YOUR OWN PROPERTY and then turn around and give that property to another private owner

    This has been the sad situation since 2005 when the SCOTUS decided the case of Kelo v City of New London CT
    https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=545+U.S.+469

    The only good thing to come out of that was, the protesters showing up at David Souter’s house demanding that he lose it to eminent domain convinced him to retire — altho he waited until 2009 and ‘W’ was out of office & Obozo in before doing so

  • Rhett Hardwick

    “A woman in Germany is being evicted from her home of 23 years to make way for asylum-seekers, in the second such case to emerge.”

    What’s news here? In the great real estate debacle of the 90’s foreclosed homeowners were being evicted so that their former houses could be used as shelters for the homeless.

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