I get almost all of my news via the internet these days, so I am not always completely aware of what is going on in my own back yard. I was stunned to hear from my wife, who is a news junkie, that there had been a crime committed last week on our own little slice of upper-middle-class London, Ontario; in fact right on the street where we live.
Some poor fellow, trying to eke out a living as a pizza delivery driver, was delivering a pizza on our street somewhere. A car pulled up beside him and a man jumped out, brandishing a gun. The thug forced the driver to surrender the pizza he had on board. I can't blame the pizza guy for valuing his life more than the price of the pizza he was delivering, however delicious it might have been, or how much of a tip might have been awarded had it been delivered successfully.
If the story is true as reported, I wouldn't have blamed the driver if he had simply pulled out a gun of his own, drilled the perpetrator on the spot, then called the police for clean-up. I am getting really fed up with this stuff. So are many others. I think it is time that everyone simply kept their hands off anything that doesn't belong to them, anything they didn't earn, anything they have no legitimate claim to. I don't care if they simply have marijuana munchies or are literally dying of hunger, they should leave others' pizza and everything else alone. If something doesn't belong to them, they should keep their mitts off it.
It is because this sort of thing is tolerated that we have the problems to begin with. It is because kids aren't taught, either by their parents or the school system, what is right and acceptable versus what is wrong and never acceptable, that we have these morons running around loose and creating mischief. And because the courts don't mete out meaningful deterrents, the problem gets worse and worse.
Anyone who has read my posts in this blog since its inception knows that I hold property rights as absolute. It doesn't matter who owns something, whether they are rich or poor, with or without influence, which race, colour, or gender they might be, which religion or political philosophy they follow: what is theirs is theirs, not yours or mine. It's that simple. Even a vote of the majority of any jurisdiction doesn't (or shouldn't) alter that fact.
Maybe petty criminals are allowed to get away with theft and violations of the individual because our political masters and the entire redistribution-of wealth-crowd recognize the hypocrisy of retaining the rights to rob and terrorize the populace to themselves. Perhaps they all see the buggering of productive individuals as an equal opportunity enterprise. After all, if they pretended to support property rights and the sanctity of the individual, they might see themselves tarred and feathered (or worse) whenever they violated the rest of us in direct contradiction of their stated principles. It is better, they must reason, not to lay claim to any principles in the first place.
I wonder. Could it be that simple: That the government and those who love the notion of the redistribution of wealth don't want to be seen to be restricting competition?