Talking to a conservative the other day they mentioned the "Kelo v. City of New London" Supreme Court case.
Essentially the court ruled 5-4 that the government may transfer property, including private property, to a private entity if it theoretically will serve a 'public purpose'.
Justices Sandra Day O'Connor, William Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas were the four dissenters who were on the correct side of the issue.
So there. Proof that Scalia and Thomas aren't 100% authoritarian hacks.