Times' Immoral perspective
Reader comment on: A Front-Page Call for Price Regulation
Submitted by Harry Binswanger (United States), Jun 18, 2020 08:32
The Times suggestion is that the police—the same group they think are racist thugs—should be enforcing some "just" price at gunpoint. By what right? A seller owns his product and has the right to ask a billion dollars for it if he wants. Or not to sell it at any price.
The government is not the owner of any product. Nor is "society". The product is the property of its producer, who bought the materials, paid for the labor, did the marketing, bore the risk, and earned whatever someone freely chooses to pay for it.
The police (which is what the high abstraction "government" comes down to) have one and only one proper function: to combat physical force against person and property.
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