Posted By Russ on October 12, 2011 at 5:38 pm
On revolution and redistributionism in the age of “Occupy [XYZ]” protests:
There’s something preferable to dealing with good old-fashioned honest thieves. “I’m taking your s**t because you have it and I want it, and I think I can get away with it,” has the virtue of at least being (somewhat) self-limiting. The thief knows he’s doing something wrong, knows he’s taking a risk, and (if he’s a professional) will seek to maximize his reward/risk ratio.
In all those “raiding gangs terrorize the farmers” movies (Seven Samurai, Magnificent Seven, etc.), the bandits rarely took so much food that the farmers starved. The smart parasite doesn’t kill its host; the Chinese and Soviet governments… not so much.
People who steal your s**t because “it’s morally wrong for you to have had it in the first place” aren’t going to be satisfied… well, ever.