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Supreme Neglect: How to Revive Constitutional Protection For Private Property (Inalienable Rights) Hardcover – March 12, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0195304602 ISBN-10: 0195304608 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Inalienable Rights
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195304608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195304602
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.8 x 5.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,665,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book represents a distillation and refinement of a lifetime of thought about private property, the individual, and the state. Epstein's vision of the Takings Clause is provocative and original, and has been powerfully influential with courts and academics alike."--Thomas W. Merrill, Charles Keller Beekman Professor, Columbia Law School


"In this timely and thoughtful book Richard Epstein stresses the importance of private property as a safeguard of individual liberty, and argues convincingly for a vigorous interpretation of the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment."--James W. Ely, Jr., author of The Guardian of Every Other Right: A Constitutional History of Property Rights


"I have always envied Richard Epstein's awesome ability to boil down the complexities into a pure and powerful dose of common sense. In Supreme Neglect, he demonstrates once again that when it comes to private property and economic liberty, he is simply the best there is."--Timothy Sandefur, Senior Staff Attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation, and author of Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in 21st Century America


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Richard A. Epstein is the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, where he has taught since 1972. He has also been the Peter and Kirstin Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution since 2000. He is the author of numerous books--including Takings, which is regarded as the bible of the property rights movement--and has written for The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. S. Radford on March 24, 2009
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Richard Epstein rocked the legal-academic world in 1985 with his property-right manifesto, Takings: Private Property and the Power of Eminent Domain. Supreme Neglect is essentially a greatly condensed and somewhat updated version of that earlier work, minus footnotes. If you were enthusiastic about Epstein's original message concerning the vital importance of protecting property rights against state encroachment, you'll probably like Supreme Neglect. If you found Epstein unconvincing in 1985, you'll probably find him more so now. One topic covered in the new book that was not discussed 24 years ago is intellectual property. Unfortunately, Epstein does not give a convincing explanation of why, if the state can create and modify "property rights" in the form of patents and copyrights at will, it should not have the mirror-image power of constraining or eliminating traditional property rights like land ownership as it sees fit. Since his account of property rights rests upon their economic utility, rather than upon the nature of man or the requirements of natural law, Epstein's case for upholding these rights against state usurpation boils down to: abrogating property rights is bad for business. Some readers will find this to be a compelling argument, but I think stronger ones could be advanced.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lizardhaven on April 29, 2014
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bottom line, you have to be really rich and have lots of lawyers to get a court to pay attention to your claim, and even then they seem to be very good at finding ways to not let you have these rights.

if you don't believe me i can show you the court order that tells me i may not use the fourth amendment as the basis of an argument to stop the county from coming onto my land where they can see things not visible from the public road, and seizing my automobiles, mobile home etc. based on residential property and mobile home park zoning law, when my property is W-2 managed wilderness where a different set of laws apply that i am completely in compliance with.

if you have problems like this your best way to protect yourself is to keep bees, or let a beekeeper put his hives on your property and then you get to keep half the honey without having to buy a bee suit. posting beehive signs work better than a bevy of armed security officers.
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