The Law

The Law

by Frederic Bastiat


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613825075
Publisher: Simon & Brown
Publication date: 09/25/2018
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 580,925
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.23(d)

About the Author

Frederic Bastiat, who was born two hundred years ago, was a leader of the French laissez-faire tradition in the first half of the nineteenth century. He was influenced by Cobden's Anti-Corn Law League and became a convinced free trader. Joseph Schumpeter described Bastiat as "the most brilliant economic journalist who ever lived."

Table of Contents


The Law

Life Is a Gift from God

What Is Law?

A Just and Enduring Government

Complete Perversion of the Law

A Fatal Tendency of Mankind

Property and Plunder

Victims of Lawful Plunder

Results of Legal Plunder

Fate of Non-Conformists

Who Shall Judge?

The Reason Why Voting Is Restricted

Answer Is to Restrict the Law

Fatal Idea of Legal Plunder

Perverted Law Causes Conflict

Slavery and Tariffs Are Plunder

Two Kinds of Plunder

Law Defends Plunder

How to Identify Legal Plunder

Legal Plunder Has Many Names

Socialism Is Legal Plunder

The Choice Before Us

The Proper Function of the Law

The Seductive Lure of Socialism

Enforced Fraternity Destroys Liberty

Plunder Violates Ownership

Three Systems of Plunder

Law Is Force

Law Is a Negative Concept

Political Approach

The Law and Charity

The Law and Education

The Law and Morals

A Confusion of Terms

Influence of Socialist Writers

Socialists Wish to Play God

Socialists Despise Mankind

A Defense of Compulsory Labor

A Defense of Paternal Government

The Idea of Passive Mankind

Socialists Ignore Reason and Facts

Socialists Want to Regiment People

A Famous Name and an Evil Idea

A Frightful Idea

Leader of the Democrats

Socialists Want Forced Conformity

Legislators Desire to Mold Mankind

Legislators Told How to Manage Men

A Temporary Dictatorship

Socialists Want Equality of Wealth

The Error of the Socialist Writers

What Is Liberty?

Philanthropic Tyranny

The Socialists Want Dictatorship

Dictatorial Arrogance

The Indirect Approach to Despotism

Napoleon Wanted Passive Mankind

The Vicious Circle of Socialism

Doctrine of the Democrats

Socialist Concept of Liberty

Socialists Fear All Liberties

The Superman Idea

Socialists Reject Free Choice

The Cause of French Revolutions

The Enormous Power of Government

Politics and Economics

Proper Legislative Functions

Law and Charity Are Not the Same

High Road to Communism

Basis for Stable Government

Justice Means Equal Rights

The Path to Dignity and Progress

Proof of an Idea

The Desire to Rule Over Others

Let Us Now Try Liberty


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Law 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Carl Hoffer More than 1 year ago
Every lover of liberty must read this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! Hard to believe that this book was written in the 1850s. Very timely. All of this book applies, indefinitely.
Mr_Paperman More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed the book. It was written a while ago, but a good perspective on today's political circus.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book along with the writings of Adam Smith should be standard reading in every high school.
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