If I should steal something from you, you can call a policeman and have me arrested. The law will punish the thief, and the government will return to you the stolen property, if possible, because the law forbids stealing. It says that no one has a right to take anything from you without your consent.

But your employer takes from you what you produce. The whole wealth produced by labor is taken by the capitalists and kept by them as their property.

The law says that your employer does not steal anything from you, because it is done with your consent. You have agreed to work for your boss for certain pay, he to have all that you produce. Because you consented to it, the law says that he does not steal anything from you.

But did you really consent?
Alexander Berkman | What Is Communist Anarchism?

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It is only under the shelter of the civil magistrate that the owner of that valuable property, which is acquired by the labour of many years, or perhaps of many successive generations, can sleep a single night in security.
Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments

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You see, there are people who believe that the function of the police is to fight crime. And that’s not true, the function of the police is social control and protection of property.
Michael Parenti

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With the abolition of private property, then, we shall have true, beautiful, healthy Individualism. Nobody will waste his life in accumulating things, and the symbols for things. One will live. To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
Oscar Wilde

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We may call such a monster the ‘beast of property.’ It now rules the world, making mankind miserable, and gains in cruelty and voracity with the progress of our so called ‘civilization’.
Johann Most

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People who have what they want are very fond of telling people who haven’t what they want that they don’t want it.

Mark Twain

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