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The Law
     

The Law

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by Frederic Bastiat
 

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ISBN-10: 1614270570

ISBN-13: 9781614270577

Pub. Date: 06/08/2011

Publisher: Martino Fine Books

The Law was originally published in French in 1850 (this translation to English is from 1874) by Frédéric Bastiat. It was written two years after the third French Revolution of 1848 and a few months before his death of tuberculosis at age 49. The essay was influenced by John Locke's Second Treatise on Government and in turn influenced Henry Hazlitt's

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The Law was originally published in French in 1850 (this translation to English is from 1874) by Frédéric Bastiat. It was written two years after the third French Revolution of 1848 and a few months before his death of tuberculosis at age 49. The essay was influenced by John Locke's Second Treatise on Government and in turn influenced Henry Hazlitt's Economics in One Lesson. It is the work for which Bastiat is most famous.

Bastiat states that "each of us has a natural right - from God - to defend his person, his liberty, and his property". The State is a "substitution of a common force for individual forces" to defend this right. The law becomes perverted when it punishes one's right to self-defense in favor of another's acquired right to plunder.

He defines two forms of plunder: "stupid greed and false philanthropy". Stupid greed is "protective tariffs, subsidies, guaranteed profits" and false philanthropy is "guaranteed jobs, relief and welfare schemes, public education, progressive taxation, free credit, and public works". Monopolism and Socialism are legalized plunder which Bastiat emphasizes is legal but not legitimate.

Justice has precise limits but philanthropy is limitless and government can grow endlessly when that becomes its function. The resulting statism is "based on this triple hypothesis: the total inertness of mankind, the omnipotence of the law, and the infallibility of the legislator". The relationship between the public and the legislator becomes "like the clay to the potter". Bastiat says, "I do not dispute their right to invent social combinations, to advertise them, to advocate them, and to try them upon themselves, at their own expense and risk. But I do dispute their right to impose these plans upon us by law-by force-and to compel us to pay for them with our taxes".

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781614270577
Publisher:
Martino Fine Books
Publication date:
06/08/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
78
Sales rank:
64,570
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)

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The Law 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
wroberthelms More than 1 year ago
Frederic Bsstiat had the ability to explain economic principles so anyone can understand. He wrote during the French revolution of 1850 when France was taking a sharp turn to Socialism. Everything he writes conveys common sense in common language so anyone can grasp this point. If Frederic Bsstiat were alive today, he would be disappointed with our failure to keep the Law within its proper domain.
Mpower54 More than 1 year ago
Short read written a long time ago in France. Amazing how even now this book can teach the dangers of liberalism. I highly recommend reading this book to understand why the "nanny state" does not ever work. Read this book!
Taylanator More than 1 year ago
This is a great book, very few errors in the OCR I believe. Bastiat was someone who was willing to call socialism exactly what it really was/is: Legal plunder. This book is still incredibly accurate and relevant to our day. I recommend this book to anyone interested in conservative and libertarian ideology. Freedom Works! Liberty is the answer!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read. Written by the author, Frederic Bastiat, while he knew he was dying in 1850, he left a gift to this world. Every sentence carries significant weight. Each page builds your understanding, yet you can open to any page and read it and it makes sense as he discusses and addresses a particular issue. Incredible. Everyone from High School up through adults and our senior citizens should read this piece of work. The Law, A Blueprint for a JUST Society. It is what we need in the U.S. today!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great insight to the tyrannical government that we are now tolerating in the United States. A great read.
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