Frederic BastiatFrederic Bastiat, (1801-1850) [Claude Frederic Bastiat] French economist, statesman, and author. He did most of his writing during the years just before -- and immediately following -- the French Revolution of February 1848

Frederic Bastiat Quote

“As long as the law may be diverted from its true purpose -- that it may violate property instead of protecting it -- then everyone will want to participate in making the law, either to protect himself against plunder or to use it for plunder. Political questions will always be prejudicial, dominant, and all-absorbing. There will be fighting to gain access to the legislature as well as fighting within it.”

Frederic BastiatFrederic Bastiat
~ Frederic Bastiat

"The Law" by Frederic Bastiat (1850)
http://liberty-tree.ca/research/TheLaw

Ratings and Comments


Mike, Norwalk

wow ! It doesn't get much more clear than that. Here, where the occupying statist theocracy recognizes no individual ownership of anything, the executive and judicial join in the fray to prove the quote's accuracy.

J Carlton, Calgary

Bastiat was one of the clearest most succinct minds that ever gave thought to the evils of socialism.

E Archer, NYC

Describes today's politics perfectly. Every student should read "The Law" by Frederic Bastiat.

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