Based on the eighth commandment. “Thou shalt not steal.”
1. Is this injunction to be taken literally?
Yes, but with certain exceptions.
2. What are the exceptions?
Principally, in the cases wherein the State grants a license to steal.
3. Can you cite examples to illustrate your assertion?
Yes. The banking industry, for example. Banks are granted a license to steal.
Also, telecommunications companies are licensed to conduct business, i.e., a license to steal.
4. Are there other examples?
Yes, a case in point is the State itself, in which it licenses to itself the power of operating lotteries, thereby stealing vast amounts of money from those who can least afford the loss.
Also, the taxation systems in many federal, state, and local governments are essentially licenses to steal, inasmuch as the "ins" use the codes in overreach of their legitimate function in pursuit of activities not granted to them in their constitutions, thereby taking from some illegitimately to buy votes from others. Stealing. There are yet other instances.
5. If the State then is a role-model for our moral behavior, then is it not right for me to steal if it is to benefit me or my kin?
No, the State will throw you in jail quicker than baking soda reacts with vinegar in a fifth-grade science experiment. “Do as we say, not as we do,” is the mantra of the State.
6. I see. Then essentially might we accurately say we are screwed?