"Legal plunder can be committed in an infinite number
of ways. Thus we have an infinite number of plans for organizing it:
tariffs, protection, benefits, subsidies, encouragements, progressive
taxation, public schools, guaranteed jobs, guaranteed profits, minimum
wages, a right to relief, a right to the tools of labor, free credit,
and so on, and so on. All these plans as a whole—with their common aim
of legal plunder—constitute socialism.
But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the
law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other
persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen
at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do
without committing a crime."