In 1846 Frederic Bastiat wrote: “The war against legal plunder has been fought since the beginning of the world. But how is …legal plunder 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. …..If such a law is not abolished immediately it will spread, multiply and develop into a system.”
“The root of evil lay not in the corruption but in the system which bred it.”
The moral basis of Capitalism is wrongly believed to reside in a vice, Greed. The moral basis of Socialism is, wrongly, thought to reside in a virtue, Sharing. Both assumptions are wrong. Before Capitalism can exist a culture must decide to make laws that are fair and just. But Socialism requires only force. A majority can force a minority to comply; to hand over money, products, time and efforts. Such is the code of gangs. Such is the system bred by gang rule. Socialism is based on such a thing, i.e., majority rule. Socialism is intrinsically immoral.