Anthony Wilson of the Trinidad & Tobago Guardian poses some provocative questions which many politicians will prefer to duck. Here is a quote from his March 5th article, Can theft ever be legal?

But the question is: Is theft considered to be a justifiable act depending on the circumstances? Does the fact that the theft has been sanctioned by a country’s Parliament and sanctified by the signature of a Governor General make it anything less than stealing? Can theft ever be in the national interest or is a nation that condones the stealing of a man’s property, under whatever guise, destined to be on the slippery slope to that place of good intentions?


The Answer

The answer is very simple. Politicians make the rules, so something that is illegal can become legal.

Take the US. Abortion was once illegal, but now a doctor can be fired for NOT performing an abortion.

It is theoretically possible that the lawmakers, a.k.a. the politicians, could change the laws to make certain kinds of theft legal.

There is another way that theft can be made legal. Laws have to interpreted. What  Anthony Wilson sees as theft a judge may see as normal legal business practice. From what I understand from what I heard, a judge may even rule that an illegal act is acceptable if that illegal act is customary practice.

I’ll put it another way: One set of people writes the rules, and another interprets the rules. Anything can become a rule. Think about what was legal under Hitler’s Germany! If a government can legalize murder then theft should be a piece of cake!

This is why I am concerned about the separation of powers between the different branches of government. Political influence over the judicial system is downright dangerous.