Has there ever been any significant political group (more than a very small number of people, not necessarily a group with a large amount of influence, e.g. a minor political party counts, but a few people upset over their friend's land being taken does not) which opposed eminent domain in all circumstances, no matter how great the benefit to the public? For example, such a group would believe that given the choice between a ten-mile straight road with part of a farm being taken by eminent domain and a fifty-mile road going around the farm, the fifty-mile road is the only acceptable option.

Do any such groups currently exist?

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    Libertarians maybe? (according to what they say, not what they do) Jan 9, 2023 at 9:48
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    If the Libertarian Party can be counted a significant political grouping, they seem to oppose it, although it's not clear if this is a general statement against it or something that absolutely applies in all circumstances. Maybe someone could research in more detail, although it's hard to judge how a party will act when in power based on general statements of principles.
    – Stuart F
    Jan 9, 2023 at 10:59
  • Could you give a short explanation of 'eminent domain'?
    – Ivana
    Jan 9, 2023 at 14:05
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    @Ivana 'Eminent domain' is the right a government gives itself or its agents to take private property away from the owner for public use, with payment of compensation. We wouldn't have nice straight roads, nice straight railroads, huge military bases, etc. were it not for that governmental right to take private property (with compensation). Jan 9, 2023 at 14:15
  • @StuartF You should make that an answer, with the caveat that the Libertarian Party might or might not be considered a "significant political group." Jan 9, 2023 at 14:25

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From the current Libertarian party platform:

we oppose all government interference with private property, such as confiscation, nationalization, and eminent domain

  • This answer could be improved by demonstrating the significance of the Libertarian party. Citing current enrollment numbers should be fine. Jan 16, 2023 at 0:57

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