I’ve been thinking on a thought experiment I was posed, and I’m not sure how to respond.
I was talking to a friend, and he posed to me that 99 other libertarians and I are in a room. On the far side of the room is a door, and every few minutes, a libertarian is invited into the door, only to return maybe a minute later. As the 100th person, I am taken into the door and met with a supervillain behind bullet proof glass. They say to me that they have given everyone the same offer. For the cost of $1.00 he will not enact his evil plan of filling the room with a deadly gas, and killing all libertarians inside, including myself. He checked ahead of time, and everyone inside has more than a dollar. Conversely, all have refused this offer. It is not one dollar from everyone, it is one dollar total. Refusing his offer means certain death for everyone inside. Because I’m lucky number 100, he gives me a secondary option.
I can forcibly take one penny from each person. This will certainly violate the NAP. Is it still wrong? Knowing that it will save everyone’s lives, and everyone is impacted equally, is it still evil?
They said this is their test. Democrats will usually ask why they can’t just take the whole dollar from the richest person. He said Republicans will usually just pull the magic lever that takes the penny from everyone.
A lot of people ask why no one before them just paid the dollar, and a ton of people were concerned about fairness. I’m not really sure how I would go about this. What are your thoughts?
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