Video: Happy (Redistributionist) Halloween

Victor Joecks

How do you make kids unhappy on Halloween?

Trying taking candy from some children and giving that candy to others in the name of “fairness.”

As you’ll see in this great video by Steven Crowder, even kids understand that it’s not just for a third party to take from some to give to others.

And speaking of government taking from one person and giving to another, here’s French economist Frederic Bastiat detailing why that’s both wrong and destructive.

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.

Then abolish this law without delay, for it is not only an evil itself, but also it is a fertile source for further evils because it invites reprisals. If such a law-which may be an isolated case-is not abolished immediately, it will spread, multiply, and develop into a system.

The person who profits from this law will complain bitterly, defending his acquired rights. He will claim that the state is obligated to protect and encourage his particular industry; that this procedure enriches the state because the protected industry is thus able to spend more and to pay higher wages to the poor workingmen.

Do not listen to this sophistry by vested interests. The acceptance of these arguments will build legal plunder into a whole system. In fact, this has already occurred. The present-day delusion is an attempt to enrich everyone at the expense of everyone else; to make plunder universal under the pretense of organizing it.

If you haven’t read Bastiat’s The Law, which is the source of that quote, I urge you to read it right now. It’s short in length, rich in insight and available for free online here.