Property Rights Blog Posts

Property Rights Blog Posts

Property rights are intertwined with all other human rights. From works of art to loaves of bread, people produce the things because they are able to own and use resources.

Government exists to protect rights, including the rights to own and use property. Yet power corrupts, and government grasps for more and more control. One of the most powerful ways to increase that control is to extend it to the land we live on.

The Freedom Foundation stands up for property rights and property owners in Washington State. Most powerfully, we empower property owners themselves to build coalitions, confront local governments, and--often--win.

One example of this was an attempt to restrict waterfowl hunting across a broad swath of Thurston County. We helped the Washington State Waterfowler Association, together with other hunters and local land owners, to stand up to the County. Ultimately, officials backed down in the face of massive public outcry. Watch the video to find out more.

April 18, 2014
     

Did you get your permit to prune?

Why is the City of Des Moines, Wash., so interested in shrubberies?

March 12, 2014
     

The Green Mafia Strikes Again

Friends of the San Juans styles itself an environmental protection group. It might better be described as a protection racket.

March 11, 2014
     

U.S. Supreme Court Gives A Bully A Black Eye

The U.S. Supreme Court justices responded to the U.S. government's efforts to bully property owners by punching the bully square in the nose.

October 22, 2013
     

City of Seattle abuses eminent domain so a parking lot can become a parking lot

Seattle’s City Council voted unanimously Monday to use eminent domain to take private property. They say they must seize the private property, which is currently being used as a parking lot, in order to turn it into … a parking lot. The desire of the Central Planners for control is...Read more here

October 04, 2013
     

Local Activists Strive to Save Working Forests

Local activists unite to stop an economically devastating Olympic Forest “Wilderness” designation. 

August 30, 2013
     

Tales of Tyranny: Joe Remenar’s “Illegal” Wildlife Habitat

After retiring, Joe Remenar purchased a small property and home not far from the Canadian border in Whatcom County. Enjoying the views out his back deck, Joe decided to improve the wildlife habitat on his property. But Joe made one crucial mistake: he did not get permission from the Central...Read more here

August 23, 2013
     

Tales of Tyranny: Cheryl Eberting and the Phantom Lake Flood

Cheryl Eberting lives on the shores of Phantom Lake in Bellevue, Washington. Like many homeowners, she just wants to be able to transform her property into her dream home. The only thing standing in her way is her very own local government. 

August 09, 2013
     

Tales of Tyranny: Bethel Schools vs. Central Planners

Recognizing the need for a new high school to accommodate their growing student population, Bethel School District planned ahead to purchase a site for the new school. Everything was going smoothly until a group of environmental protesters set off a chain of events, jeopardizing the school...Read more here

July 26, 2013
     

Tales of Tyranny: Bert Wasch and the Untraceable Wetlands

Bert Wasch retired after working as an electrician his entire life. His dream was to spend his final years building and then living in a home on five acres of land he purchased in rural Thurston County. Bert asked the County for permission to build his home. Instead, someone in County government...Read more here

July 19, 2013
     

Koontz Case: A Big Win for Property Rights

As many people are aware, the U.S. Supreme Court recently handed down significant decisions on marriage, California's Proposition 8, the Voting Rights Act, and other controversial issues. In the midst of these headline-grabbing court cases, there was a little-noticed property rights case, the...Read more here