Legal Plunder Explained

By Chris W.
Libertarian Patriot

You and I know what plunder is, it's theft, plain and simple. We wouldn't allow someone to walk into our house and take our stuff without putting up a fight yet we allow the government to steal from us all the time in the name of taxation. What makes the government any different than a common thief?

Here is what Frédéric Bastiat had to say about the government's legalized form of theft and how we would recognize it.

But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.
Check out this great video by the Future Of Freedom Foundation on the concept of plunder.

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