The Law

October 27, 2019 - Comment

Here, in this 1850 classic, a powerful refutation of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto, published two years earlier, Bastiat discusses: what is law?, why socialism constitutes legal plunder, the proper function of the law, the law and morality, “the vicious circle of socialism”, and the basis for stable government. French political libertarian and economist CLAUDE FRÉDÉRIC

Here, in this 1850 classic, a powerful refutation of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto, published two years earlier, Bastiat discusses: what is law?, why socialism constitutes legal plunder, the proper function of the law, the law and morality, “the vicious circle of socialism”, and the basis for stable government. French political libertarian and economist CLAUDE FRÉDÉRIC BASTIAT (1801-1850) was one of the most eloquent champions of the concept that property rights and individual freedoms flowed from natural law.

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Anonymous says:

Very readable and understndable The one dissenter of the philosophers of the day during the before and after periods of the French revolution. This man will help any American to see what is true and good about the Constitution for the United States. After all, France adopted our constitution shortly after we did .. . .. as United States born Natural persons.

Anonymous says:

This was life changing for me. Everyone should read. This book changed my view of the world, and my peers, and my expectations of life. A concept so simple and straight forward. Translated from early 1800s French, it can take a small adjustment to wording if you aren’t used to it.So amazingly far ahead of its time, you realize that none of the current political world is new. This has all been tried before…

Anonymous says:

Thought-Provoking Essay, But Strong Assumptions Aren’t Explored Bastiat is a good essayist, and his main point is well-taken. One should be careful about social policy, it involves real people. However, some of the things he takes issue with seem to be preoccupations you might expect for the well-to-do in the 19th century.Law is justice. What is justice, though? Bastiat thinks that if a person would do something and it would be considered wrong, then if a government does it, likewise it is wrong [focusing on taking what others have]. This…

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