Eminent Domain

Libertarians generally oppose the use of eminent domain because they believe it violates individual property rights and can be abused by government officials.


Eminent domain is the power of the government to seize private property for public use, with compensation paid to the property owner. The Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution requires that private property can only be taken for public use if the owner receives just compensation.

However, libertarians argue that eminent domain can be used to benefit powerful interests at the expense of individual property owners. They believe that property owners should have the right to control their own property and should not be forced to give it up for the benefit of others, even if they are compensated for it.


Libertarians also believe that the use of eminent domain can be abused by government officials who may use it to further their own interests or the interests of their allies, rather than for the public good. They argue that the government should have a very high burden of proof to justify the taking of private property, and that there should be strict limits on the use of eminent domain.


Overall, libertarians view eminent domain as a violation of individual property rights and argue that it should only be used in very limited circumstances, with strict oversight to ensure that it is being used for the public good and not for the benefit of special interests.