The Law – Frederic Bastiat
Full of truths that are not merely relevant, but are absolutely vital to our future. — Congressman Dick Armey No work before or since has made such a compelling case for freedom. Bastiat’s message will influence students of liberty for years to come. — Andrea Millen Rich, Laissez Faire Books In The Law, Bastiat states that “each of us has a natural right – from God – to defend his person, his liberty, and his property”. The State is a “substitution of a common force for individual forces” to defend this right. The law becomes perverted when it punishes one’s right to self-defense in favor of another’s acquired right to plunder. Bastiat defines two forms of plunder: “stupid greed and false philanthropy”. Stupid greed is “protective tariffs, subsidies, guaranteed profits” and false philanthropy is “guaranteed jobs, relief and welfare schemes, public education, progressive taxation, free credit, and public works”. Monopolism and Socialism are legalized plunder which Bastiat emphasizes is legal but not legitimate.