Frederic Bastiat

Frederic Bastiat

was a French classical liberal theorist, political economist, and member of the French assembly.
[Socialists claim] that we reject fraternity, solidarity, organization, and association; and they brand us with the name of individualists. We can assure them that what we repudiate is not natural organization, but forced organization. It is not free association, but the forms of association that they would impose upon us. It is not spontaneous fraternity, but legal fraternity. It is not providential solidarity, but artificial solidarity, which is only an unjust displacement of responsibility. Socialism . . . confoundsMore 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]
You compare the nation to a parched piece of land and the tax to a life-giving rain. So be it. But you should also ask yourself where this rain comes from, and whether it is not precisely the tax that draws the moisture from the soil and dries it up. You should also ask yourself further whether the soil receives more of this precious water from the rain than it loses by the evaporation?More Frederic Bastiat quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Law is justice. And it is under the law of justice - under the reign of right; under the influence of liberty, safety, stability, and responsibility - that every person will attain his real worth and the true dignity of his being. It is only under this law of justice that mankind will achieve - slowly, no doubt, but certainly - God's design for the orderly and peaceful progress of humanity.More Frederic Bastiat quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone.More Frederic Bastiat quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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