Everything-Voluntary.com | Most folks can recognize that an armed robber demanding your wallet and an armed robber demanding your wallet and watch are morally equivalent, yet they continue to imagine a great moral gulf between ‘high taxes’ and ‘low taxes’ or between ‘big government’ and ‘limited government.’ The immorality of theft is not negated either by the amount stolen or by how what is stolen is used. There is no principled argument as to why government should pay for someone’s education and healthcare, but shouldn’t pay for their smartphone, internet, and transportation.

I for one am sick to death of arguing about how much government should steal or how it should best make use of its stolen loot. Stealing is always wrong, and attempting to claim the moral high ground merely for advocating less of it is as preposterous as it is hypocritical.