“Do you not know that a multitude of your brethren die or suffer from need of what you have in excess … ?” It is contrary to the law of nature that “a handful of men be glutted with superfluities while the starving multitudes lack necessities.”
Rousseau argues that civil society is hardly more than a conspiracy by the rich to guarantee their plunder. Hypocritically, the rich call upon their neighbors to “institute regulations of justice and peace to which all are obliged to conform, which make an exception of no one, and which compensate in some way for the caprices of fortune by equally subjecting the powerful and the weak to mutual duties”–those laws which … in their majesty deny to the rich and the poor equally the right to sleep under the bridge at night.

-Noam Chomsky, On Anarchism

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