Sherwood Forest Refuge for Thieves

One can say any number of things about the occupiers, but one thing is certain–they do not understand the ironies here:

Occupy Wall Street protesters said yesterday that packs of brazen crooks within their ranks have been robbing their fellow demonstrators blind, making off with pricey cameras, phones and laptops — and even a hefty bundle of donated cash and food.

“Stealing is our biggest problem at the moment,” said Nan Terrie, 18, a kitchen and legal-team volunteer from Fort Lauderdale.

“I had my Mac stolen — that was like $5,500. Every night, something else is gone. Last night, our entire [kitchen] budget for the day was stolen, so the first thing I had to do was . . . get the message out to our supporters that we needed food!”

Nan, may I say that stealing is also the simplest definition of what you support? How else would you characterize “take from the rich” “tax the rich” “you owe me free college” and similar statements coming from the occupiers?

These thieves are simply putting your principles to work now, without waiting for any laws to be changed or hoping for some future messiah. No, the wealth distribution is immediate and (one would suppose) gratifying to the recipients.

As soon as you have thrown off the shackles of capitalism and the idea that one can own private property and be secure in the possession of it under the law, then you too will understand that your laptop was not yours and quit complaining about the practical fruits of the principles you have been espousing.

Sleep tight.