The Philosophy of ‘You didn’t build that’

No one has even built a road on their own, and if they had it wouldn't be good enough to drive on. But what does it mean ethically that no one accomplishes things like roads and bridges on their own? Does it mean that no one deserves the fruits of their labor? And if it does, does that give the government carte blanche to tax those fruits?

By Dylan Matthews July 20, 2012