the principle of self-ownership
one accepts the principle of self-ownership, what's moral and
immoral becomes self-evident. Murder is immoral because it violates
private property. Rape and theft are also immoral -- they also
violate private property. Here's an important question: Would
rape become morally acceptable if Congress passed a law legalizing
it? You say: "What's wrong with you, Williams? Rape is immoral
plain and simple, no matter what Congress says or does!" If
you take that position, isn't it just as immoral when Congress
legalizes the taking of one person's earnings to give to another?
Surely if a private person took money from one person and gave
it to another, we'd deem it theft and, as such, immoral. Does
the same act become moral when Congress takes people's money
to give to farmers, airline companies or an impoverished family?
No, it's still theft, but with an important difference: It's
legal, and participants aren't jailed."
Compiled by Thomas George
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