Frederic Bastiat () was a French economist, statesman, and author. In addition, Dean Russell had his work reviewed by Bertrand de Jouvenel, the. The problem has never been discussed so profoundly and passionately as in this essay by Frederic Bastiat from The essay might have been written today. Para Bastiat la función de la ley es proteger derechos preexistentes a la ley. Para contextualizar al autor hay que, a mi parecer, fijarse en algo más que el.

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You who wish to reform everything! No costly furniture, no magnificent clothing, no delicious feasts, no gilded palaces are permitted.

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But this does not prove that this situation is desirable. The armed forces serve the state first, and the people after. If this is true, then why does not society go there of its own choice? When a portion of wealth is transferred from the person who owns it — without his consent and without compensation, and whether by force or by fraud — to anyone who does not own it, then I say that property is violated; that an act of plunder is committed.

Bastiat could have been living in America today and he would have written the same booklet. And what part do persons play in all this? Bastiat are — word for word — equally valid today. It is as if it were necessary, before a reign of justice appears, for everyone to suffer a cruel retribution — some for their evilness, and some for their lack of understanding.

The Basis for Stable Government Law is justice. If people are as incapable, as immoral, and as ignorant as the politicians indicate, then why is the right of these same people to vote defended with such passionate insistence?


Which is why so many nations have fallen in history. Now since man is naturally inclined to avoid pain — and since labor is pain in itself — it follows that men will resort to plunder whenever plunder is easier than work. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

But what do the socialists do? A professor can only vaguely trace this plan in advance because it is necessarily subject to the instability of all hypotheses; the problem has many forms, complications, and circumstances that are difficult to foresee and settle in detail.

In addition to being oppressive bastuat unjust, this desire also implies d fatal supposition that the organizer is infallible and mankind is incompetent. We object to a state religion.

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On the negative side, the arguments are not elaborated on very deeply, and in some cases can be considered lacking. By debasing all established customs — by mixing the usual concepts of all virtues — they knew in advance that the world would admire their wisdom.

When all men are equal in wealth and dignity — and when the laws leave no hope of disturbing this equality — how can men then be agitated by greed, ambition, dissipation, idleness, sloth, envy, hatred, or jealousy? East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. All of these proposals are the high road to communism; legislation will then be — in fact, it already is federic the battlefield for the fantasies and greed of everyone.

Now don’t tell us beggars that you will act leu us, and then toss us, as Mr.

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Why, by the action of the badtiat. It is the collective organization of the individual right to lawful defense. The Law The law perverted!


This system prevailed when the right to vote was restricted. It is not providential solidarity, but artificial solidarity, which is only an unjust displacement of responsibility.

But this procedure does nothing for the persons who have no money.

As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. The mission of the law is not to oppress persons and plunder them of their property, even though the law may be acting in a philanthropic spirit.

Thus, when re is organized by law for the profit of those who make the law, all the plundered classes try somehow to enter — by peaceful or revolutionary means — into the making of laws.

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We disapprove of education by the State — then we are against education altogether. The newly enfranchised majority has decided to formulate law on the same principle of legal plunder that was used by their predecessors when the vote was limited. This was the period when France was rapidly turning to complete socialism.

How is it that the strange idea of making lry law produce what it does not contain—prosperity, in a positive sense, wealth, science, religion—should ever have gained ground in the political world? There is no country in the world where the law is kept more within its proper domain: