But it does not always do this. Sometimes the law defends plunder
and participates in it. Thus the beneficiaries are spared the shame,
danger, and scruple which their acts would otherwise involve.
Sometimes the law places the whole apparatus of judges, police,
prisons, and gendarmes at the service of the plunderers, and treats
the victim -- when he defends himself -- as a criminal. In short,
there is a legal plunder, and it is of this, no doubt, that Mr. de
This legal plunder may be only an isolated stain among the
legislative measures of the people. If so, it is best to wipe it out
with a minimum of speeches and denunciations -- and in spite of the
uproar of the vested interests.