Frederic Bastiat

Frederic Bastiat

was a French classical liberal theorist, political economist, and member of the French assembly.
It is indeed a singular thing that people wish to pass laws to nullify the disagreeable consequences that the law of responsibility entails. Will they never realize that they do not eliminate these consequences but merely pass them along to other people? The result is one injustice the more and one moral the less.More Frederic Bastiat quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
No legal plunder: This is the principle of justice...More Frederic Bastiat quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The law is the collective organization of the individual's right to lawful defense of his life, liberty and property. When it is used for anything else, no matter how noble the cause, it becomes perverted and justice is weakened. Thus, the law has become perverted by stupid greed and false philanthropy.More Frederic Bastiat quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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]
By virtue of exchange, one man's prosperity is beneficial to all others.More Frederic Bastiat quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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