The origin of plunder is the desire to live at another’s expense. Bastiat defined plunder as follows;”When a portion of wealth is transferred from the person who owns it-without his consent and without compensation, and whether by force or by fraud- to anyone who does not own it, then I say that property is violated; that an act of plunder is committed.” There are two kinds of plunder: the first is illegal plunder and the second is legal plunder.
Illegal plunder is robbery and is punishable by law. Legal plunder is when the law takes from one person to give to another, it benefits one citizen at the expense of another. Legal plunder comes in many ways and names. Tariffs, benefits, subsidies, public schools, minimum wages, free credit, and so on, these are all legal plunder. Legal plunder is socialism. Legal plunder is a great evil because it erases the conscience of a nation to clearly see the difference between justice and injustice. The result of legal plunder is the loss of moral sense and of respect for the law. No society can prosper without a respect for the law. To regain moral sense and the respect for the law we have only one option and that is”nobody plunders anybody.” Frederic Bastiat proclaimed,”No legal plunder. This is the principle of justice, peace, order, stability, harmony, and logic.” Our laws should protect and defend our rights to life, liberty and property and not to condone legal plunder as is the case with our government. We have to go back to our Constitution or our nation will destroy itself.