They Wish To Destroy The Very Idea Of Personal Possession…

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We say that the most dangerous criminal now is the entirely lawless modern philosopher. Compared to him, burglars and bigamists are essentially moral men; my heart goes out to them. They accept the essential ideal of man; they merely seek it wrongly. Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it. But philosophers dislike property as property; they wish to destroy the very idea of personal possession.

– G. K. Chesterton, The Tale of a Detective, The Man Who Was Thursday, 1908

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