When a society establishes criminals-by-right and looters-by-law—men who use
force to seize the wealth of disarmed victims—then money becomes its
creators’ avenger. Such looters believe it safe to rob defenseless men, once
they’ve passed a law to disarm them. But their loot becomes the magnet for
other looters, who get it from them as they got it. Then the race goes, not to
the ablest at production, but to those most ruthless at brutality. When force
is the standard, the murderer wins over the pickpocket.