Comment: Bastiat's "The Law"

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Bastiat's "The Law"

You need to read the book Dr. Paul recommended over every book (except the Bible). That is Frederic Bastiat's "The Law". It's very short and explains why government should ONLY protect our God-given rights. When a government uses force for anything, it is a perversion of the law. To take the fruits of your labor by force to give them to someone else, that is stealing (force by a government). It is injustice; unlawful plunder. "We hold from God the gift which includes all others. This gift is life - physical, intellectual, and moral life. But life cannot maintain itself alone. The Creator of life has entrusted us with the responsibility of preserving, developing, and perfecting it. In order that we may accomplish this, He has provided us with a collection of marvelous faculties...". But when a government begins to plunder the people under a pretense of some moral justification, who is it that is making that moral decision? One individual's or even a collective group of peoples' moral judgment may not be the same as the next person's. Charity and legal plunder are not the same. And once the plunder is being handed out to others (supposedly in need), then there will always be someone who thinks they should have more or something else and that everyone is entitled to it. But who is it to decide those things that everyone needs? It goes on and on and on. It gives legislators (many times unelected) the power to force morality, equalization, philanthropy, etc and there are no limits. It leads to those attempting to seize power for more power. It never stops. Your friend is giving an example of the type of people who would seize power in a socialist/communist "utopia" and doesn't even realize it. In a free society, people are given the liberty to make choices (good and bad). The world wouldn't revolve around just one family (even if he thinks that's the case). People are interconnected and make choices that affect each other. When given the opportunity to do the right things, many choose that. There are always going to be those who attempt to manipulate others, become richer (even in the communist society), want more power, whatever...but in a capitalistic free society, everyone has equal opportunity and individual rights. We all have the opportunity to do well. We also are left to make mistakes. And we can do with our money what we want and that's about God's gift of responsibility and charity to others. In a Communist society, you don't have the choice to be charitable. It is force which is not freedom. Bastiat also mentions how socialists ignore facts and it would be futile to continue arguing if your friend just won't get it. I'd suggest you read Bastiat's book and it will help you convince others. Great read.