The Law [NOOK Book]

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How is it that the law enforcer itself does not have to keep the law? How is it that the law permits the state to lawfully engage in actions which, if undertaken by individuals, would land them in jail? These are among the most intriguing issues in political and economic philosophy. More specifically, the problem of law that itself violates law is an insurmountable conundrum of all statist philosophies. The problem has never been discussed so profoundly and passionately as in this essay by Frederic Bastiat from ...
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How is it that the law enforcer itself does not have to keep the law? How is it that the law permits the state to lawfully engage in actions which, if undertaken by individuals, would land them in jail? These are among the most intriguing issues in political and economic philosophy. More specifically, the problem of law that itself violates law is an insurmountable conundrum of all statist philosophies. The problem has never been discussed so profoundly and passionately as in this essay by Frederic Bastiat from 1850. The essay might have been written today. It applies to our own time. It applies in all times in which the state assumes unto itself different rules and different laws from that by which it expects other people to live. And so we have this legendary essay, written in a white heat against the leaders of 19th century France, the reading of which has shocked millions out of their toleration of despotism. This new edition from the Mises Institute revives a glorious translation that has been out of print for a hundred years, one that circulated in Britain in the generation that followed Bastiat s death. This newly available translation provides new insight into Bastiat s argument. The question that Bastiat deals with: how to tell when a law is unjust or when the law maker has become a source of law breaking? When the law becomes a means of plunder it has lost its character of genuine law. When the law enforcer is permitted to do with others lives and property what would be illegal if the citizens did them, the law becomes perverted. Bastiat doesn t avoid the difficult issues, such as why should we think that a democratic mandate can convert injustice to justice. He deals directly with the issue of the expanse of legislation: It is not true that the mission of the law is to regulate our consciences, our ideas, our will, our education, our sentiments, our works, our exchanges, our gifts, our enjoyments. Its mission is to prevent the rights of one from interfering with those of another, in any one of these things. Law, because it has force for its necessary sanction, can only have as its lawful domain the domain of force, which is justice.
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  • BN ID: 2940015861761
  • Publisher: EuroClassics
  • Publication date: 11/15/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 262,411
  • File size: 132 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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  • 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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