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- St. Basil observed that rich individuals would quickly lay claim to valuable common assets, goods or opportunities before others had a fair chance.
- By being first and fastest to seize such things meant for public/community use and benefit, the rich would then assert that these things rightfully belonged to them through “preemption” or prior appropriation.
- St. Basil saw this as an unjust means for the advantaged to monopolize prospects and increase their wealth at the expense of others having a fair opportunity.
- The overall message is one of social justice – St. Basil believed the wealthy unfairly exploited their advantage and speed to corner benefits that should be available to all, not just those able to outcompete others through preemptive actions alone.