Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Book Review - The Law by Bastiat

I finally got around to reading Frederic Bastiat's The Law. A cogent and concise explanation of the libertarian ethic. And I do mean concise. I got through the whole book in under an hour, and I'm not a very fast reader. The version I have was translated into very accessible language. Most high school aged kids should be able to read and understand it.


"What, then, is law? It is the collective organization of the individual right to lawful defense."

"But there is also another tendency that is common among people. When they can, they wish to live and prosper at the expense of others."

"It is evident, then, that the proper purpose of law is to use the power of its collective force to stop this fatal tendency to plunder instead of work"

"Away with the whims of governmental administrators, their socialized projects, their centralization, their tariffs, their government schools, their state religions, their free credit, their bank monopolies, their regulations, their restrictions, their equalization by taxation, and their pious moralizations!"

Good Stuff. Especially for a Frenchman.

No comments: