“I want the coercive power of the state to fall on thugs and rapists, and not on the wrong kind of light bulb user. I want force to be applied to the man who would rob a merchant of his earnings, and not applied to the merchant himself so that the government might rob him of his earnings. I want to restrict the thief with a Saturday night special, and this means I should also want to restrict the thief who does what he does with fountain pens in signing ceremonies. In short, I want coercion to fall on the wicked, and not on the righteous. ‘Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law? They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood’ (Ps. 94:20-21). ‘Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness’” (Empires of Dirt, pp. 216-217).
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