The aim of that query is to differentiate between those who acquire wealth from voluntary, consensual interactions within a free market and those who secure material gains through the use of coercion. The top of the pyramid in Egypt is not comprised of villains just because they are rich, but as a result of the way that they obtained their riches. The state, then, having the overarching monopoly on the "legitimate" use of force within society, is distinctly the instrument of the class of individuals who would rather steal and exploit than work and produce.
-David S. D'Amato, Mises.org
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