On Getting Rich

People can’t get rich in the market by stealing, because theft is not a market activity. Only those activities that are mutually-voluntary are market activities. Theft occurs outside of the market. In order to get rich in the market you must serve and satisfy customers. If someone was born poor and is now rich, they either earned it in the market or stole it. If they earned it, they did so through voluntary exchange, not to be condemned. If they stole it, they did so through direct or threats of violence, probably as an agent for or accomplice with the state. The important thing to remember is that the market can only make people rich through voluntary trade, not theft. The state is quite the opposite. And that’s today’s two cents.