Saturday, January 31, 2004

Perhaps the strongest evidence of the philosophical bankruptcy of our age is in the article Country May Decriminalize Theft for the Hungry. "Venezuela ... is considering decriminalizing the theft of food and medicine in cases where a thief is motivated by extreme hunger or need. ... Under [Supreme Court Judge Alejandro Angulo] Fontiveros' proposal to the Supreme Court, those who take food, medicine or inexpensive goods without using violence to ease hunger caused by prolonged, extreme poverty would not be punished." Clearly this is a leftist idea to polarize society.

In 1894 Anatole France wrote "The law, in its majestic equality, forbids both rich and poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread." This Venezuelan madness would for the first time set up double standards. Only the rich would be prohibited from stealing food. Is that fair to our hard working upper classes? Why must they suffer from this radical form of affirmative action at the supermarket? This is rank discrimination, and I hope that some noble self-sacrificing tycoon will commit an act of civil disobedience by openly stealing a loaf of bread just to heroically test this terrible law in court. I suggest Ken Lay for this, and I'll even volunteer to wave pompoms at his trial.

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