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When defending the latest war, and in particular the so-called “collateral damage” (meaning innocent lives lost or ruined), politicians will often cite the old saw that “You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs!”

Fried EggThe same is also often said in connection with “Eminent Domain”, which means that the government (local, regional, or federal) confiscates private property “for the common good” and pays the owners what the government claims is a “fair price”. (See for example the case of Kelo vs. the City of New London.)

When I hear this particular bromide, I am always reminded of the words of Harry Browne: “It is always somebody else’s eggs that get broken, and the omelet never seems to materialize!” This holds true in Afghanistan and Iraq a decade after the invasions of these two countries. It holds true in New London, Connecticut, where the government-aided theft of a number of private homes (not just “houses”; to the people who lived there they were HOMES!) never led to the development which the developer promised.

Leave other people’s eggs alone!


Somebody else’s eggs just got broken!