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In The Law, 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.

Bastiat defines two forms of plunder: "stupid greed and false philanthropy." Stupid greed is "protective...
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Overview

In The Law, 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.

Bastiat 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.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014557986
  • Publisher: Laissez Faire Books
  • Publication date: 4/26/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 1,288,608
  • File size: 341 KB

Meet the Author

Claude Frédéric Bastiat (1801–1850) was a French classical liberal, political economist, and member of the French assembly.

Bastiat was the author of many works on economics and political economy, generally characterized by their clear organization, forceful argumentation, and acerbic wit. Economist Murray Rothbard wrote that "Bastiat was indeed a lucid and superb writer, whose brilliant and witty essays and fables to this day are remarkable and devastating demolitions of protectionism and of all forms of government subsidy and control. He was a truly scintillating advocate of an untrammeled free market."

Bastiat's most famous work is undoubtedly The Law, originally published as a pamphlet in 1850. It defines, through development, a just system of laws and then demonstrates how such law facilitates a free society.
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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.

    6 out of 6 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.

    4 out of 4 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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2011

    Wow

    Every lover of liberty must read this

    2 out of 2 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!

    2 out of 2 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!

    2 out of 3 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    History Repeats Itself

    A great insight to the tyrannical government that we are now tolerating in the United States. A great read.

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