Robert Tracinski isn’t mincing any words on the Great Cyprus Bank Heist:
This is not really about Cyprus, of course, but about the precedent that is being set there. In exchange for an infusion of capital into the nation’s banks, Cyprus is being asked to impose a “special bank levy” that would take 6.75% out of all bank deposits up to 100,000 euros, and 9.9% above that.
This is described as a “wealth tax,” except that it’s not a tax. A tax is a regular rule that operates uniformly according to a pre-determine formula. A one-time, ad hoc seizure of money isn’t a tax. It is confiscation. Or we can use a plainer word for it: theft.
Read the whole thing.