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.
If you want to think globally about free market solutions, personal responsibility, lower taxes, less regulation, and more freedom, let us help you act locally to achieve these ideals. If you want to question authority and speak truth to power let us help you be effective.
Thurston County "listened," and they changed the name to "Controlled Shooting" ordinance. I guess Thurston County thinks that sounds better, and maybe they believe people won't pay attention to what this ordinance actually does. Change the name, and then everyone will think it is okay, regardless of what is written.
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Thurston County farmers, facing a looming regulatory threat to their property rights and economic freedom, are pushing back.
This threat which underscores 10 of the scariest words in the English language, Were from the government and were here to help you is a proposed county ordinance that would put some farmers out of business if adopted as drafted.
OLYMPIAToday, Stop Taking Our Property (STOP) Thurston County offered to debate the merits and implementation of the Critical Areas Ordinance and the Emergency Prairie Ordinance in Thurston County with Thurston County Commissioners at a date of their choosing at The Evergreen State College.
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 once again permitted to outweigh the people’s need for government to make rational decisions that benefit taxpayers and citizens.