Some argue that a benevolent government should control property, because the government can distribute the fruits of ownership more fairly. This sounds good, except that these proponents can’t point to a single good example. Concentrated property ownership always inflicts oppression. This is not black and white. It’s a sliding scale. The more private property is protected, the freer the economic system and the more liberty is enjoyed by the citizenry. The more property and planning are centralized, the more liberty is eroded. It doesn't really matter if it’s feudalism, fascism, communism, theocracy, socialism, or even crony capitalism. To one degree or another, liberty is eroded in all these systems.
- The people robbed fight back, politically or physically. Those resisting the will of the government must be suppressed.
- Government control requires bureaucratic judgment, instead of reliance on the marketplace. Bureaucrats always fail at this herculean task, but won’t give up, so the government ends up dictating more and more of the everyday life.
- Miscalculations result in scarcities. Complaints and criticisms must be suppressed.
- Black markets and underground corruption are overlooked to take the edge off rebellion.
- When events don’t go as planned, the government uses indoctrination—and worse—to create a common mindset. Leaders come to believe that if everyone has the greater good in mind, then everything will work as planned.
- Concentrated power corrupts.