Theft and prosperity

It is truly miraculous that the following proposition continues to be held as proven: Anything that an individual steals from the whole is a general profit.  Perpetual motion, the philosopher’s stone, or the squaring of the circle have fallen into oblivion, but the theory of Advancement through theft is still in fashion.

Frédéric Bastiat, Economic Sophisms and “What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen”

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