Violence

The acquisition of property, at the original stage, is the exploitation of natural resources. It is an act of violence, of appropriating resources for oneself, as against any other living thing. Continued ownership of property, then, is maintenance of one’s dominion over those resources, against any other living thing — continued violence.

Yet when the have-nots demand a fair share of the wealth and prevail upon government to redistribute some of that wealth to the have-nots, the haves decry this use of government coercion. This blindness to the violent history of wealth accumulation makes libertarian, “free” market thinking ahistorical.

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