Frederic Bastiat

Frederic Bastiat

was a French classical liberal theorist, political economist, and member of the French assembly.
Here I encounter the most popular fallacy of our times. It is not considered sufficient that the law should guarantee to every citizen the free and inoffensive use of his faculties for physical, intellectual and moral self-improvement. Instead, it is demanded that the law should directly extend welfare, education, and morality throughout the nation. This is the seductive lure of socialism. And I repeat: these two uses of the law are in direct contradiction to each other.More Frederic Bastiat quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
They will come to learn in the end, at their own expense, that it is better to endure competition for rich customers than to be invested with monopoly over impoverished customers.More Frederic Bastiat quotes [10/11/2011 11:10:22]
It is easy to understand why the law is used by the legislator to destroy in varying degrees among the rest of the people their personal independence by slavery, their liberty by oppression, and their property by plunder. This is done for the benefit of the person who makes the law, and in proportion to the power that he holds.More Frederic Bastiat quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Let us first of all frugality in government-peace and freedom we will have as a bonus.More Frederic Bastiat quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The state tends to expand in proportion to its means of existence and to live beyond its means, and these are, in the last analysis, nothing but the substance of the people. Woe to the people that cannot limit the sphere of action of the state! Freedom, private enterprise, wealth, happiness, independence, personal dignity, all vanish.More Frederic Bastiat quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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