The Law

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Bastiat's most famous work, originally published as a pamphlet in 1850, in which he defines a just system of laws and then demonstrates how such laws facilitate a free society.
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Bastiat's most famous work, originally published as a pamphlet in 1850, in which he defines a just system of laws and then demonstrates how such laws facilitate a free society.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781475064407
  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Pages: 60
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Frederic Bastiat was born in Bayonne, Aquitaine, France. When he was nine years old, he was orphaned and became a ward of his father's parents. At age seventeen he left school to become more involved with his family's business as an exporter. Economist Thomas DiLorenzo suggests that this family business experience was crucial to Bastiat's later work because it allowed young Frédéric to acquire first-hand knowledge of some of the effects of trade regulations on the market. Sheldon Richman notes that "he came of age during the Napoleonic wars, with their extensive government intervention in economic affairs."

When Bastiat was twenty-five, his grandfather and benefactor died, leaving the young man the family estate and providing him with the means to further his own theoretical inquiries. His areas of intellectual interest were diverse, including "philosophy, history, politics, religion, travel, poetry, political economy, [and] biography."

His public career as an economist began only in 1844, and was cut short by his untimely death in 1850. Bastiat had contracted tuberculosis, probably during his tours throughout France to promote his ideas, and that illness eventually prevented him from making further speeches (particularly at the legislative assembly to which he was elected in 1848 and 1849) and took his life. Bastiat died in Rome on 24 December 1850.

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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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