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Claude Frédéric Bastiat (29 June 1801[1] – 24 December 1850) was a French classical liberal theorist, political economist, and member of the French assembly. Coming of age during the Napoleonic Era, Bastiat witnessed extensive government intervention in economic affairs, which shaped his own political philosophy. Bastiat developed intellectual interests in several areas including philosophy, history, politics, religion, science and political economics. After the middle-class Revolution of 1830, Bastiat became ...
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The Law

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Overview

Claude Frédéric Bastiat (29 June 1801[1] – 24 December 1850) was a French classical liberal theorist, political economist, and member of the French assembly. Coming of age during the Napoleonic Era, Bastiat witnessed extensive government intervention in economic affairs, which shaped his own political philosophy. Bastiat developed intellectual interests in several areas including philosophy, history, politics, religion, science and political economics. After the middle-class Revolution of 1830, Bastiat became politically active and was elected justice of the peace in 1831. He was elected to the national legislative assembly after the French Revolution of 1848.

Bastiat was the author of many works on economics and political economy, the most influential being The Law, originally published as a pamphlet in 1850. The Law defines a just system of laws and then demonstrates how such law facilitates a free society. Perhaps most noteworthy in today’s age of advanced nations facing substantial debts as a result of governmental safety nets like Social Security, Bastiat criticizes government “philanthropy.” The Law notes that government philanthropy can be limitless and thus lead to endless government growth. Bastiat concludes, "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."

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  • BN ID: 2940013189386
  • Publisher: Charles River Editors
  • Publication date: 8/11/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 931,492
  • File size: 85 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2011

    A must read

    A great book for everyone interested in law and for anyone who loves liberty. Ron Paul recommended it - enough said.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

    Must Read

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2012

    Must Read for any Patriot!

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2011

    Wow

    Every lover of liberty must read this

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2010

    Wow, Bastiat so clearly defines and calls out what our society refuses to

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2002

    A true law degree our lawyers miss in law school

    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!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Wow! Hard to believe that this book was written in the 1850s. Very timely. All of this book applies, indefinitely.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2012

    Very interesting and timely

    Really enjoyed the book. It was written a while ago, but a good perspective on today's political circus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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