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.
Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.
In short, is not liberty the freedom of every person to make full use of his faculties, so long as he does not harm other persons while doing so?
Often the masses are plundered and do not know it.
Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone.
Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. – Bastiat
The plans differ; the planners are all alike… – Frédéric Bastiat