Property Rights

Overthrowing the Age-Old Institution of Property Rights

by Steve MacDonald October 2, 2016

The most formidable enemies of property rights are formidable precisely because they know better than to separate the issue of property rights from the issue of other freedoms, including freedom of conscience and religious liberty. They know better because they see that human beings are an odd integrity of souls and body. Marx is clear-sighted about […]

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EPA Drops Climate Cult ‘Pamphlets’ on Every State, Including Yours

by Steve MacDonald August 28, 2016
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The EPA has taken some of that money they took from you to produce ‘Fact Sheets’ on climate change and its impact on your state. EPA isn’t trying to be funny but I challenge you to read this without laughing. It’s ridiculous. But it was never meant to be serious science. Its purpose is to enable […]

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603 Alliance Issues Briefing Summit – Property Rights

by Steve MacDonald August 27, 2016
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In this segment, Government Overreach & Federalism, Jim Kofalt from the 603 Alliance discusses the issue of Federal Land grabs and the EPA’s MS4 Water regulations. Both present significant problems for property rights and property taxes. Everyone in New Hampshire, whether citizen or citizen legislator, needs to understand what they are and the impact these Federal efforts […]

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Institutionalizing the End of The Right to Due Process

by Steve MacDonald July 6, 2016
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If you believe that prohibiting second amendment rights to someone arbitrarily placed on a no-fly list is a sensible step then you’ve been programmed by your government to embrace incremental tyranny. Liberty in exchange for the presumption of security. The sacrifice of (other people’s) Constitutional right to due process and the notion of “innocent until […]

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Muslims Ask Texas Pig Farmer To Move, Pig Farmer Doubles Down

by Steve MacDonald May 24, 2016
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A Muslim group bought 11 acres in Texas with plans for a mosque and compound, but the land abuts a pig farm. They figured they’d ask the pig farmer to move. He did something different.

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April 30th, 2016 Podcast

by Steve MacDonald May 1, 2016
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Kathleen LaBonte and Steve Forster drop by to talk property rights vs. local boards and developers. Kimberly Morin has some thoughts about Sen. Kelly Ayotte and the Casa Bill. And NH Executive Councilor and Gubernatorial candidate Chis Sununu talks Common Core, testing, and local control. (Skip’s original post and audio are here.)

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Breaking News – HB 636 Relative to Forfeiture of Property, Passes the NH House

by Steve MacDonald March 23, 2016
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HB636 This bill limits forfeiture to cases in which the state has found by clear and convincing evidence that the property was derived from, or used in, the commission of a crime. The bill also requires the state to deposit proceeds from forfeited property in the general fund. This is great News!   H/T Mike […]

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The Town of Henniker ’s Desire to Build a Road Does Not Justify Doing so in a Less Than Constitutional Way

by Steve MacDonald June 25, 2015
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Mark Hodgdon  | GrokWatch News Desk “On June 23rd, a Merrimack County Superior Court jury returned a verdict on all counts for Lorin Mulligan against the Town of Henniker.  The Henniker Water Department built an access road for commercial trucks across her property to the Town’s water tank on abutting land.  Despite her repeated protests […]

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EIEI Oh NO!

by Ed Naile June 14, 2015

The NH State Supreme Court, remember them? They had the distinction of having several members impeached back in 2001 for trying to rig a decision. But as in the Clinton style we have become so used to their antics they are still with us because too many lawyers and lawyer spouses were on the Senate […]

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John Oliver – Civil Asset Forfeiture

by Steve MacDonald March 23, 2015
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John Oliver makes the absurd funny so it is worth the watch, but as you watch remember that in NH the police are on the record (in committee testimony) claiming both that they don’t do THIS, and that if the legislature stopped them from doing what they say they are “not doing” they would lose […]

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Guest Post by NH State Rep JR Hoell – HB 1589 interferes with your Right to Private Property

by Skip January 19, 2014

Dear NHFC Supporter, I know that NHFC President Jon Evans and I have been asking a lot of you lately. However, you the grass roots gun owners are our strength. To be honest, whenever the legislature is in session, our Second Amendment rights are at risk. We must be vigilant. While we have been warning […]

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Sorry, But The State DOES Have An Interest in Marriage

by Steve MacDonald December 20, 2013

The State has a very necessary role in marriage.  A task tied directly to the reason behind the existence of the state in the first place. Let us begin with this.  Why do states, or more generally speaking, governments exist at all?  Government’s are created to tap into the benefit of mutual self-interest.  They exist […]

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The Future of Granite State Future From A County Commissioner Who Is Already Living It in NY

by Steve MacDonald November 9, 2013
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If you think the folks squawking about Granite State Future and the goals and agenda of the Regional Planners in New Hampshire is nothing but fearmongering, conspircay theory, or just tin-foil-hat-nuttery, if you ust want to sign up and take the money without any regard to the strings attached, why not listen to what a […]

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“You Didn’t Build That” Means ‘You Didn’t Earn It Either’

by Steve MacDonald October 18, 2013
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If someone in your family passed away how much of their property–what percentage of its total value–would their neighbors be entitled to? Is it thirty percent?  How about fifty percent? Do strangers in your neighborhood, people you may not even know casually, have a right to take half your stuff from your family without regard […]

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GrokTALK! 9-21-2013 – Skip, Steve and Mike Open the Program

by Steve MacDonald September 26, 2013
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Skip, Mike, and Steve open the show with quick hits on the Tom DeLay conviction being overturned, mass shootings, Martin O’Malley coming to NH, what’s new with GrokTALK and GraniteGrok.com, being a part-time new media activist, Common core and the government bribing the states with federal money (taken from the states), the need for property […]

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GrokTALK! 9-21-13 Guest Segment: Bill O’Brien Part II

by Steve MacDonald September 25, 2013
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In segment Three we continue with NH House rep and former NH House speaker Bill O’Brien on the Politically correct culture, Identity politics, Home schooling (and the education tax credit), incrementalism, some guy named Bill Duncan, and more… Listen to segment Three with Bill O’Brien: Download or listen to Segment Three Here

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GrokTALK! 9-21-2013 Guest Segment – Bill O’Brien: Part I

by Steve MacDonald September 23, 2013
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Former NH House speaker Bill O’Brien, drops in to discuss devloving government power back to the people, the O’Brien Budget, good things that happened during the Republican majority, the hypocrisy of Democrats on “settled law,” letting adults run their own lives, commuter rail, and the scourge of invisble taxation.     Listen to part I […]

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GrokTALK! September 21st, 2013

by Steve MacDonald September 22, 2013
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This week on GrokTALK! our guests are NH House Rep and former speaker of the NH House Bill O’Brien, and Susan Myrick, Election Policy Analyst for the North Carolina chapter of the Civitas Institute. The Topics, in no particular order… Tom DeLay, Property Rights, Global Warming, Budgets, Devolving power from Government, Early voting and same […]

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Are They Imbeciles or Advocates?

by Steve MacDonald September 16, 2013
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Democrats claim that the state can and will protect you.  That you do not need to protect yourself.  It is a legislative priority of theirs, disarming you.  What does that tell us about Democrats? Every time the Progressives, Democrats, Liberals, remark, mock, or complain about the private and lawful ownership of any tool to defend […]

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Forster’s Christmas Tree Farm v. Town of Henniker Goes to Court

by Steve MacDonald September 3, 2013
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We’ve written a few posts about the Henniker, New Hampshire ZBA going after Forster’s Christmas Tree Farm (here, here, here, here, and here).  Well, we’re back. Forster’s has taken their fight for RSA 31:24a, which clearly provides for the activity the Henniker Board denied, to Merrimack County Court.  It is a fight for all of […]

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A Granite State Future is HUD’s Future

by Steve MacDonald August 12, 2013
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Uncovering the fraud that is Granite State Futures has a home.  It’s called Granite State Futures (granitestatefutures.org). • Granite State Future is a non-partisan issue. • Granite State Future is about the permanent loss of private property rights. • Granite State Future is about the New Hampshire Regional Planning Commissions switching their allegiance from the […]

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Hey! GraniteState Progress! Don’t Forget to Honor This “Victim” of Gun Violence

by Steve MacDonald June 24, 2013

If you’re going to perpetrate a serial fraud to intimidate legislators to impose failed laws New Hampshire does not need, you’d best be thorough.  So having read the names of these folks you are going to have to add this guy as well. Patrons had been lining up all week — at least of them one […]

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If it Only Saves One…Air Conditioner

by Steve MacDonald June 2, 2013

  An Ohio woman held a would-be burglar at gunpoint until police arrived, warning him, “if you move, you’re gonna go to the morgue.” Tammy Takach of Steubenville was sleeping Thursday morning when a noise in her home woke her up. She told WPXI-TV she grabbed her gun and went downstairs to find an intruder who’d […]

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Guest Post: Ken Eyring – Will Senate Bill 11 Confiscate Control of ALL NH Waters?

by Steve MacDonald May 15, 2013

On May 22nd, the NH House of Representatives will vote on Senate Bill 11.  It was written to enable Exeter and Stratham to jointly form a water/sewer district — but that capability already exists in State RSA Chapters 53-A, 33-B, 38, and 36.  These RSAs enabled the creation of the Merrimack Valley Regional Water District […]

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14th amendment Doesn’t Give Right to a Three-Way?

by Steve MacDonald March 1, 2013

CATO has submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in which it makes the case that the 14th amendment prohibits states from denying anyone from the right to marry, regardless of gender. It is a compelling argument.  There are ample references to legal opinions, plenty of implications of the spirit of equality under the law, but […]

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Henniker ZBA says Screw RSA 21:34a

by Steve MacDonald February 8, 2013

The Henniker ZBA has decided that state law does not apply to that particular bit of Henniker known as Forster’s Christmas Tree Farm. From Steve Forster: … We lost our argument on RSA 21:34a and Agritourism last night.. We plan to appeal and more than likely, on to a higher court.. The town still does […]

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Stand With Stephen Forster & Forster’s Christmas Tree Farm (Again!) [Updated][Bumped]

by Steve MacDonald February 7, 2013

(Originally posted yesterday morning 2-6-2013- but it’s important, and the meeting is tonight.) The next Henniker zoning board meeting (Noooo-body expects the Spanish Inquisition) is this Thursday (tonight) at 7pm, and Steve Forster will once more be brought before the local arsitocray on the matter of the proper use of his property. Forster’s Christams Tree […]

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Vicious Dogs

by Rick Olson December 28, 2012

“Truth is a good dog; but always beware of barking too close to the heels of an error, lest you get your brains kicked out.”  —Francis Bacon   In New Hampshire if you are even slightly “nipped” by a dog, you can make a pile of cash! We are not talking about a Pit Bull Terrier […]

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Stand With Stephen Forster & Forster’s Christmas Tree Farm

by Steve MacDonald November 12, 2012

The Town of Henniker has cited Stephen Forster (Forster’s Christmas Tree Farm) with illegal use of his property. But State law provides that Mr. Forster may use his property for Agri-tourism,  also known as “agriculture,” a legitimate use of the land. Henniker has apparently acknowledged this but will not rescind its citation unless they are […]

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Notable Quote: Max Eastman (Socialism Doesn’t Jibe with Human Nature)

by Steve MacDonald October 15, 2012

“It seems obvious to me now–though I have been slow, I must say, in coming to the conclusion–that the institution of private property is one of the main things that have given man that limited amount of free-and-equalness that Marx hoped to render infinite by abolishing this institution.  Strangely enough, Marx was the first to […]

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