Originally published following the Supreme Court’s landmark Kelo v. New London decision, Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in 21st Century America made a powerful contribution to the firestorm of interest in protecting property rights. A decade later, authors Timothy and Christina Sandefur have completely re-written the book to examine how new developments in courtrooms and legislatures nationwide have shifted the landscape of private property rights since Kelo. The sharing economy and the Koontz case are among these new topics.
Through a combination of real-life stories and legal analysis, the authors explain how key issues like eminent domain, civil asset forfeiture, and environmental protection regulations have evolved and how they should be reformed. Cornerstone of Liberty shows why the right to ownership is one of the most essential of human rights, how that right is protected in the U.S. Constitution, and how ordinary property owners can work within their states to help rein in government violations of private property rights.
Timothy Sandefur is Vice President for Litigation at the Goldwater Institute and an Adjunct Scholar with the Cato Institute. A graduate of Hillsdale College and Chapman University School of Law, he previously served 15 years as a litigator at the Pacific Legal Foundation. Christina Sandefur is Executive Vice President at the Goldwater Institute, where she develops policies and litigates cases advancing heath care freedom, free enterprise, private property rights, free speech, and taxpayer rights. She is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Law and Hillsdale College.