Frederic Bastiat

Frederic Bastiat

was a French classical liberal theorist, political economist, and member of the French assembly.
Either fraternity is spontaneous, or it does not exist. To decree it is to annihilate it. The law can indeed force men to remain just; in vain would it would try to force them to be self-sacrificing.More Frederic Bastiat quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It is not true that the legislator has absolute power over our persons and property. The existence of persons and property preceded the existence of the legislator, and his function is only to guarantee their safety.More Frederic Bastiat quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The state is the great fiction by which everybody tries to live at the expense of everybody else.More Frederic Bastiat quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We cannot doubt that self-interest is the mainspring of human nature. It must be clearly understood that this word is used here to designate a universal, incontestable fact, resulting from the nature of man, and not an adverse judgment, as would be the word selfishness.More Frederic Bastiat quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.More Frederic Bastiat quotes [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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