“Thou shalt not steal,” carries with it a complete charter of the rights of property.

—Herbert Spencer. The Law, 1850.

When you accept a government subsidy, when you accept welfare, when you send your children to a public school, when you ride a subsidized government bus, when you visit a public hospital, whenever you do not pay your own way, you are engaging in an act of plunder against your neighbor. You are contributing to the breakdown of civilization, as John Adams explained:

The moment the idea is admitted into society, that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. (A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States, 1787.)

This article is an extract from the book ‘Principles of Good Government’ by Matthew Bransgrove