From: Gabriel Philbois
Sent: Wednesday, December 09, 2020 1:27 PM
To: Walter Block <email@example.com>
Subject: Liberating property from the state
I hope you are well.
I have been thinking about your position that liberating property from the state is not immoral. I agreed, something did not seem right about it,
Now I’ve come up with a more intricate approach, that is built on yours.
If you steal less than the amount the government took from you, that is repossession of your property/ just compensation.
If you steal more, you could be stealing from other people.
A thief steals your wallet, as well as another man’s wallet.
Later, you find the thief, and overpower him (he is not very strong). Can you take both wallets?
Yes, you can. Because you know the second wallet is not his.
However, there is a catch.
The second wallet is not yours either. So if you take it, you must attempt, to your best ability, to return it to the owner.
It is analogous to finding a lost wallet on the street.
So if you repossess more property from the government than what you are owed, you must return it to other victims.
The explanation you present in your classes is part 1. I added part 2. Do you agree?
If you disagree, please prove me wrong so I can learn something.
2:52 am on April 20, 2021
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