chapter  6
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In the Community

The community is where people live their lives. Individuals may make similar contributions while taking diff erent gains. Or they may harvest similar benefi ts while off ering diff erent inputs. In more realistic terms, there are people who take more than they contribute, literally stealing from those who rarely or hardly benefi t from their contributions in the form of tax payments, charity donations, and other ordinary or extraordinary acts. For example, a large majority of taxpayers in a jurisdiction are forced to pay for treating a small number of drug users or AIDS patients who choose to pursue a risky yet unproductive lifestyle, imprisoning a small number of inmates who choose to commit crime against people or property, or rescuing a few mountain climbers or ocean surfers who choose to seek some adventures in their personal lives.