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Saying That Exchange is Theft is Just Plain Wrong

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Did someone build this building exclusively for their own personal use?
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You’ve seen it going viral on Facebook, 4Chan, Twitter, YouTube, DTube, Steemit, Gab.ai, and everywhere else you go: Exchange is Theft. The notion that giving up something you have a lower preference for for something that someone else has a lower preference for is somehow stealing. Or being robbed. Or something.

Do you even have a 15th copy of that widget you built if it wasn’t for the knowledge that other people might want them? Did the person you got that sack of potatoes grow ten times more than she needed if it wasn’t for the knowledge that other people might want them?

Seriously, how else are we supposed to do this? Is this not the core of what it means to be a libertarian or free market? What is a market other than just this scaled up for that matter?

It’s not like the people calling for this want the government to be a middleman for every transaction as they usually claim to be anarchists but seriously. What are they thinking?