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Stewart Gault

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Modern day Robin Hood

Say a group of burglars rob a bank which only holds accounts for people who have more than £10 million. So everyone who holds an account is therefore filthy rich and doesn't need all of it.
Now suppose this group of burglars takes around £100 million in total. Though they don't keep a single penny of it, they go around giving cash to the homeless, those in poverty, give some to charities etc etc.
Now say they get caught.
Should they be punished by the law for theft?
Even if you think they should be punished is what they did not surely a very moral action? Is it morally right to allow them to be persecuted for doing an ultimate good?
Should the owners of the robbed accounts and the bank owners drop the charges?

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    Jul 4 2012: This utilitarian approach "for the greater good" has very little to do with justice and a lot to do with fascism. It reminds me of Hugo Chaves, standing in that square in a Venezuelan town, pointing at the best buildings and shouting "Expropriado...expropriado..." There are better ways of spreading wealth.

    Barclays Bank has just been fined 360 million euros for manipulating the mortgage interest rates. This money should be paid directly to the mortgage owners...not the government. When politicians who earn $50,000 a year own houses worth $10,000,000, they should be investigated...as a matter of course, and if found guilty of theft...all their assets should be seized and returned to the people...not to the government. If my neighbour builds a wall and blocks the light from entering my house, when he is fined, why does that money go to the council? It should go to me, as compensation.

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