Try to imagine a country where theft was the principle means of survival. It is easy to see how such a society would soon become bankrupt. Whenever people urge government to create laws that rob Peter to pay Paul or themselves, they participate in legal theft. Whenever politicians pander to expedient demands for access to the public treasury, they participate in legal theft. The farmer paid not to farm, the homeowner and college student given below market loans, the industry tariff that limits access to competitive markets, and the federal giveaways for everything from Amtrak to zygote research are legal theft. Over the last 80 years we have evolved into a population of thieves and yet; we wonder why our society is failing.