"The Law," "The State," and Other Political Writings, 1843-1850

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Frédéric Bastiat (1801-1850) was a keen observer of political and economic problems and a passionate proponent of liberal economic theory. "The Law" "The State" and Other Political Writings, 1843-1850, collects nineteen of Bastiat's articles, ranging from the theory of value and rent, public choice and collective action, government intervention and regulation, the balance of trade, education, and trade unions to price controls, capital and growth, and taxation. Throughout his articles, Bastiat demonstrates how ...

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Frédéric Bastiat (1801-1850) was a keen observer of political and economic problems and a passionate proponent of liberal economic theory. "The Law" "The State" and Other Political Writings, 1843-1850, collects nineteen of Bastiat's articles, ranging from the theory of value and rent, public choice and collective action, government intervention and regulation, the balance of trade, education, and trade unions to price controls, capital and growth, and taxation. Throughout his articles, Bastiat demonstrates how the combination of careful logic, consistency of principle, and clarity of exposition is the instrument for solving most economic and social problems.

In his famous essay "The Law" Bastiat explains that the law, far from being what it ought to be, "namely the instrument that enabled the state to protect individuals' rights and property," had become the means for what he termed "spoliation" (or plunder). From the article "The State," written at the height of the 1848 Revolution in June, comes perhaps his best-remembered quotation: "The state is the great fiction by which everyone endeavors to live at the expense of everyone else."

In this volume readers will find extensive introductory material, including notes on the translation and on the editions of the CEuvres completes, a chronology of Bastiat's life and works, two maps of France showing the cities associated with Bastiat, annotations to the articles, and a bibliography. A special section provides charming, little-known anecdotes about Bastiat and his contemporaries, including his editor Prosper Paillottet, who became Bastiat's firm friend and eventually his executor. This section also includes discussions of key concepts such as individualism, laissez-faire, industry, plunder, and the right to work. Three glossaries explain persons, places, and subjects and terms.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865978300
  • Publisher: Liberty Fund, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/6/2012
  • Series: The Collected Works of Frederic Bastiat
  • Pages: 530
  • Sales rank: 549,791
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Table of Contents
General Editor’s Note, ix

Note on the Translation, xi

Note on the Editions of the OEuvres complètes, xv

Acknowledgments, xvii

Introduction, xix

Frédéric Bastiat Chronology, xxxii

Map of France Showing Cities Mentioned by Bastiat, xxxiv

Map of Southwestern France, xxxv

“The Law,” “The State,” and Other Political Writings, 1843–1850

1. Reflections on the Petitions from Bordeaux, Le Havre, and Lyons Relating to the Customs Service, 1

2. The Tax Authorities and Wine, 10

3. On the Wine-Growing Question, 25

4. Property and Law, 43

5. Justice and Fraternity, 60

6. Individualism and Fraternity, 82

7. The State, 93

8. The State (draft ), 105

9. The Law, 107

10. Property and Plunder, 147

11. Baccalaureate and Socialism, 185

12. Protectionism and Communism, 235

13. Plunder and Law, 266

14. The War Against Chairs of Political Economy, 277

15. Peace and Freedom or the Republican Budget, 282

16. Discourse on the Tax on Wines and Spirits, 328

17. The Repression of Industrial Unions, 348

18. Reflections on the Amendment of M. Mortimer-Ternaux, 362

19. Parliamentary Conflicts of Interest, 366

Bastiat’s Political Writings: Anecdotes and Reflections, 401

Glossary of Persons, 417

Glossary of Places, 451

Glossary of Subjects and Terms, 453

Bibliographical Note on the Works Cited in This Volume, 463

Bibliography, 465

Index, 473

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