My Washington Times op-ed on the Koontz case

Today’s Washington Times carries this article by me and Ilya Shapiro about the Koontz case. Excerpt:

The implications of this case go beyond issues of property rights. When officials start treating permits as a kind of benefit for which people can be forced to pay with resources or concessions that have no connection to their proposed project, our constitutional concept of individual rights is radically transformed into a system of government-created privileges that can be granted or withheld as regulators please. That idea puts all our freedoms at risk.

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