Frederic Bastiat

Frederic Bastiat

was a French classical liberal theorist, political economist, and member of the French assembly.
The mission of the law is not to oppress persons and plunder them of their property, even though the law may be acting in a philanthropic spirit. Its purpose is to protect persons and property.... If you exceed this proper limit -- if you attempt to make the law religious, fraternal, equalizing, philanthropic, industrial, or artistic -- you will then be lost in uncharted territory, in vagueness and uncertainty, in a forced utopia or, even worse, in a multitude of utopias, each striving to seize the law and impose it onMore Frederic Bastiat quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Trade barriers constitute isolation; isolation gives rise to hatred, hatred to war, and war to invasion.More Frederic Bastiat quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The law has been perverted, and the powers of the state have become perverted along with it. The law has not only been turned from its proper function, but made to follow an entirely contrary purpose. The law has become a tool for every kind of greed. Instead of preventing crime, the law itself is guilty of the abuses it is supposed to punish. If this is true, it is a serious matter, and moral duty requires me to call the attention of my fellow-citizens to it.More Frederic Bastiat quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The real cost of the State is the prosperity we do not see, the jobs that don’t exist, the technologies to which we do not have access, the businesses that do not come into existence, and the bright future that is stolen from us. The State has looted us just as surely as a robber who enters our home at night and steals all that we love.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]

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