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Mugged by the State: Outrageous Government Assaults on Ordinary People and Their Property Hardcover – October 17, 2003
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From the Inside Flap
Investigative reporter Randall Fitzgerald has traveled the country meeting ordinary, innocent Americans with horrifying stories of how they have lost their homes, land, businesses, bank accounts, cars, and other assets to federal, state, and local government.
Thanks to out-of-control regulations, property can be seized, impounded, and sold without recompense to the rightful and innocent owner. And as Randall Fitzgerald points out, it could happen to you.
This shocking book reveals:
-How developer Donald Trump used a state agency to try to confiscate a widow's home whose land he coveted for a casino parking lot
-How a family in New York was unable to move into their newly bought house because of a change in the state housing laws, costing them an eight-year battle and $700,000
-How the FDA shut down a Maine fish business because its processing methods were allegedly a life-threatening health hazard-but allowed Canadian firms to sell fish in the United States processed exactly the same way
-How a Utah cattle rancher was threatened with fines after wild birds found nesting on his ranch were thought to be eating an endangered species of snail
-Why few victims contest their treatment (and it's not because they're guilty)
-Proof that enforcement quotas-and fundraising incentives-lead to unjustified property seizures
-How corporate America cuts itself in on the racket
-How to fight back effectively if you or someone you know becomes ensnared in the regulatory spider web
Randall Fitzgerald chronicles a clear and disturbing pattern of government abuse that has gone woefully unchallenged. Mugged by the State is a warning, a call to arms, and a practical manual of self-defense.
About the Author
Randall Fitzgerald was a Reader's Digest contributing editor for twenty years and is now a full-time freelance writer. His articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Capitol Hill News, the Houston Post, and other publications.
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I wasn't aware of how some government employees are ruthless and uncaring of what happens to people once deemed unworthy by a bureaucrat.
I have never had this happen to me. I am 71 years old.
You should read it to come to your own conclusions. If you agree with the author, then we should change the laws.
Most sadly, few Americans seem to care about the erosions of freedom, so long as they are not themselves under attack. They support the tragedy of drug prohibition, and the thefts which emminent domain, zoning, and environmental regulations facilitate. Fitzgerald notes how commonplace it is for a company like Costco to demand that cities take property from landowners and give them to the companies to build new club locations. The author, like James Bovard, is a good chronicler of the end of freedom in America.
The violations of our Bill of Rights by governments and their agencies has nearly rendered this document a relic. Read the book, it's an eye-opener.
April 18. Offer withdrawn. I threw the book away.