"The wealthy, not only by private fraud but also by common laws, do every day pluck and snatch away from the people some part of their daily living. Therefore, when I consider and weigh in my mind these commonwealths which nowadays do flourish, I perceive nothing but a certain conspiracy of rich men in procuring their own commodities under the name and authority of the commonwealth.
They invent and devise all means and crafts, first how to keep safely without fear of losing that which they have unjustly gathered together, and next how to hire and abuse the work and labor of the people for as little money and effort as possible."
Found a great post on Jon Schwarz's blog today that kind of puts into perspective how people throughout history have rationalized their comparative advantages no matter the means employed. I think you'll find some of the responses in the comments section rather interesting, particularly the apologetics of one "Ashley". Read on.