One of the fundamental rights in our democratic and free enterprise system is the property and the possibility of freely disposing of it. The property right allows the effort of the initiative, work and creativity of human beings to be retained and materialized in a good or proprietary interest that the citizen can keep using and take advantage of. When the owner of that property understands that he must dispose of that property, he can do so freely.
private property law
For those of us who have spent years navigating the tortuous planning and permitting process on the Island, it is obvious that there are anti-development visions and forces, of government leadership and with little respect for the right to use and enjoy private property. This vision permeates multiple laws and regulations, including the Land Use Plan. The timidity of our rulers and the lack of a firm public policy for economic development, articulated and based on science, not on electoral fears or on social networks, permeates even the desks of the officials responsible for the evaluation and granting of permits.
Nobel laureate Milton Friedman once compared our nation’s education system to “an island of socialism in a free-market sea.” Similarly, nearly 30 years ago, the then-president of the American Federation for Teachers Albert Shanker wrote, “It’s time to admit that public education operates like a planned economy, a bureaucratic system in which everybody’s role is spelled out in advance, and there are few incentives for innovation and productivity. It’s no surprise that our school system doesn’t improve: It more resembles the communist economy than our own market economy.”