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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He deals directly with the issue of the expanse of legislation:. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. You who judge humanity to be so small! Considerant bastkat assured us that liberty leads inevitably to monopoly!

They do not abolish legal plunder. The existence of persons and property preceded the existence of the legislator, and his function is only to guarantee their safety.

To take more responsibility would inevitable require force which goes against liberty. It ignores that private education is easily abused, and far more likely to brainwash children Creationism basyiat biology, anyone? Rousseau rules over legislators themselves, and teaches them their trade in these imperious terms: Under these circumstances, is it likely that the extent of the right to vote would endanger that supreme good, the public peace? They desire to set themselves above mankind in order to arrange, organize, and regulate it according to their fancy.

In our country we desire to substitute morality for selfishness, honesty for honor, principles for bastiar, duties for manners, the empire of reason bzstiat the tyranny of fashion, contempt of vice for contempt of poverty, pride for insolence, greatness of soul for vanity, love of glory for love of money, good people for good companions, merit for intrigue, genius for wit, truth for glitter, the charm of happiness for the boredom of pleasure, the greatness of man for the littleness of the great, a generous, strong, happy people for a good-natured, frivolous, degraded people; in short, we desire to substitute freseric the virtues and miracles of a republic for all the vices and absurdities of a monarchy.


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 Pa say that property is violated; that bastlat act of plunder is committed.

See 2 questions about The Law…. And from whom will the state take them? Away, then, with quacks and organizers!

We repudiate fdederic artificial unity that does nothing more than deprive persons of individual responsibility. What, then, is law? In this case of legal plunder, however, the person who receives the benefits is not responsible for the act of plundering. He is, therefore, most exacting with them: Set up a giveaway. When law and force keep a person within the bounds of justice, they impose nothing but a mere negation.

Frederic Bastiat

Do they not know what is best for themselves? These points require a modicum of common sense and introspection alike. Socialism is an institution that is looked basttiat with a critical eye. Since they have decided that this is the true state of affairs, they then demand the use of force in order to substitute their own inclinations for those of the human race.

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East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. You would use the law to oppose socialism? On that point alone, it lays the foundation for the next stage of society. And who is to supply the impulse for this power?


He leu, “Now, labor being in itself a pain, and man being naturally inclined to avoid pain, it follows, and history proves it, that wherever plunder is less burdensome than labor, it prevails; and neither religion nor morality can, in this case, prevent it from prevailing. Bastiat could have been living in America today and he would have written the same booklet.

The writers quoted above were not in error when they found frdeeric institutions to be such, but they were in error when they offered them for the admiration and imitation of future generations.

More from Bastiat’s The Law: It seems to me that such a nation would have the most simple, easy to accept, economical, limited, nonoppressive, just, and enduring government imaginable — whatever its political form might be. By this road, Lycurgus led Sparta on to greatness and glory.

Socialists, like all other monopolists, desire to make the law their own weapon. If this is true, then nothing can be more evident than this: Socialism Is Legal Plunder Mr. Like a chemist, Napoleon considered all Europe to be material for his experiments.

Because the legislators themselves have almost always been ignorant of the purpose of society, which is the uniting of families by a common interest. This is no rash accusation. And it is under the law of justice — under the reign of right; fredeirc the influence of liberty, safety, stability, and responsibility — that every person will attain his real worth and the true dignity of his being.

His will and capacity to choose wisely are taken for granted.