[quote="VonDerTann, post:9, topic:259254"]
Followi up on my earlier post, it's easy to focus on the rights of a thief in need. What about, as in my scenario, stealing out of a desire to protect the innocent? I believe we probably do a moral good --or at least do not work an act of evil -- when we, for example, steal any instrument of violence from a person who might use the instrument for violence against the innocent or against society.
This could include:
--stealing a gun from a person who is violent
--same, but from somone who is drunk
--stealing the plutonium Iran intends to make into a nuclear bomb
--same, but only stealing the plans to such a bomb
I'd do all of the above, and feel not the slightest pang of remorse.
Heck, spies steal information all the time. Who says that stealing requires taking something tangible? Or are we to do away with national security, in the name of "never steal?"
It's a nasty world we live in, where people do bad things to the innocent. IMHO stealing is often morally correct when done to protect others, or at least morally neutral.
It is not that theft is "justified" in some things.
Some things look like theft..but are not. Like when I take a gun from someone who is trying to murder me or another.
2408 The seventh commandment forbids theft, that is, usurping another's property against the reasonable will of the owner. There is no theft if consent can be presumed or if refusal is contrary to reason and the universal destination of goods. This is the case in obvious and urgent necessity when the only way to provide for immediate, essential needs (food, shelter, clothing . . .) is to put at one's disposal and use the property of others.190