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06/28/2012

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Beth Haynes

Paul -
Do you view acts of nature (illness/injury) morally equivalent to acts of men?
There is no literal "gun to the head" (aggressive act of one man against another) from nature, whereas government is one big "gun to the head" --which is appropriate when used for to protect individuals from the aggressive acts of others, but I can see no justification for its use against the innocent---not even in the name of helping the unfortunate.
I understand wanting to help those in difficult situations.—poverty, illness, etc. What I can’t get past is using force against others to achieve those goals. If you can’t convince people to voluntarily relinquish a segment of their lives (concretized by labor and wealth), what justifies the use of government’s gun to take it from them?

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