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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They desire to manage their own affairs, and they shall do so.

La Ley (Spanish Edition): Frederic Bastiat, Jon Rouco: : Books

Fines and jail time enforced by men with guns. Thanks for telling us about the problem. For when plunder is abetted by the law, frederiic does not fear your courts, your gendarmes, and your prisons. When it is time to vote, apparently the voter is not to be asked for any guarantee of his wisdom. Thus it is easy to understand how law, freeric of checking injustice, becomes the invincible weapon of injustice. The section titles are taken directly from The Law.

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The organizing by law of any one of these would inevitably frederid the essential organization — justice. Not only do legislators wish upon plundering, but they think that they are superior and omnipotent beings, and the nation will crumble without them to organize, invent, and direct.


Laws are the key to protecting liberty as well as bastist key tools to take liberty away. The law has gone further than this; it has acted in direct opposition to its own purpose. But he fails to define what he means by natural, or how these rights are natural when no other organism actually adheres to them, or why natural is better. They cleverly disguise this legal plunder from others — and even from themselves — under the seductive names of fraternity, unity, organization, and association.

All these plans as a whole — with their common aim of legal plunder — constitute socialism. How does he regard the people when a legislator is to be chosen?

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Now by what action can society give to every person the necessary education and the necessary tools of production, if not by the action of the state? These socialist writers look upon people in the same manner that the gardener views his trees.

He associates all paternalistic ideas with socialism though many of them are conservative. Nevertheless, this did not prevent him from leaving this lesson to his son in his will: The newly enfranchised majority has decided to formulate law on the same principle of legal plunder that was used by their frederiic when the vote was limited. It is for this reason that free people are ruined and exterminated in proportion to their degree of freedom.

Frederic Bastiat

In this manner you will restore to your republic the vigor of youth. Bastiat posits that the law becomes perverted when it punishes one’s right to self-defense of his life, liberty, and property in favor of another’s right to “legalized plunder,” which he defines as: Here are some themes which the book discusses and my interpretations and opinions on them.


We object to a State religion—then we would have no religion at all. Under these circumstances, is it likely that the extent of the right to vote would endanger that supreme good, the public peace?

Do you look inward and yearn for freedom? In fact, if law were restricted to protecting all persons, all liberties, and all properties; if law were nothing le than the organized combination of the individual’s right to self defense; if law were the obstacle, the check, the punisher of all oppression and plunder — is it likely that we citizens would then argue much about the extent of the franchise?

The language of the law is never- do this and be rewarded. And where will the law stop itself?

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. The purpose of the constitution is all these things, plus protecting the state and preventing conflict.

Bastiat is all about liberty and personal freedom, about limiting the scope of lla involvement in people’s lives, about not sculpting society to the grandiose schemes of socialists and politicians. With this in mind, examine the protective tariffs, subsidies, guaranteed profits, guaranteed gastiat, relief and welfare schemes, public education, progressive taxation, free credit, and public works. The Cause of French Revolutions This contradiction in ideas is, unfortunately but logically, reflected in events in France.