Apologies. No one's gold was ever confiscated. Most people voluntarily complied with the FDR's executive order. I think one person was indicted, but nothing happened of it.
"Voluntarily complied" Maybe the threat of $10k fines (approx. $550k in current dollar valuation) and/or 10 years in the pokey assisted in the "voluntary compliance" of the EO?
If I were to "voluntarily comply" with an order by an armed thug on the street to hand over my property, does that excuse robbery? What if the armed robber simply sent me a letter demanding only 40% of my property, or suffer consequences? Is that less of a robbery?
The valuation is closer to $150,000 in current terms. Still big. But not $550,000.
The government is not comparable to an armed robber in this scenario. An armed robber immediately threatens you with harm or death. With the government, first they must find you, decide whether to do anything, and then there's that pesky constitution that outlines your rights (assuming the courts are following them), and you--at a minimum--get a full hearing to defend yourself. Not quite comparable to someone who surprises you on the street and shoves a knife in your side.
Now, if you comply with a clearly unconstitutional government executive order--not even a law--out of selfish fear... well. You're only enabling bad government.
As I said before, many people gave up their money without question. Some hid theirs. Out of all the gold that wasn't turned in, only ONE person was prosecuted by the feds--for hiding 2.5 tons of gold. And that single case was ultimately dismissed.
Really, why would
anybody turn in their gold in the face of an empty threat? --and then claim to be the victim? Are you kidding? (In reality, many people did it because they trusted in FDR.)
Ahem. Point being, the federal government never actually confiscated any gold. To say the government actually confiscated the gold is just rhetoric that exonerates those fearful citizens of their responsibilities1
to resist oppressive government in the face of an empty, unenforceable threat. No thank you, sir. 1
I see how some people might not view this as a responsibility. But if you don't want to be subject to an oppressive government, regardless of your best intentions, it certainly is.