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

“The state tends to expand in proportion to its means of existence and to live beyond its means, and these are, in the last analysis, nothing but the substance of the people. Woe to the people that cannot limit the sphere of action of the state! Freedom, private enterprise, wealth, happiness, independence, personal dignity, all vanish.”

Frederic BastiatFrederic Bastiat
~ Frederic Bastiat

Sophisms, 141

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

We hold this truth to be self evident. History repeating itself over and over again.

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Anon    11/25/09

Mike, full agreement from myself.

J Carlton, Calgary

This is very well evidenced in the state's propensity to "Bail Out" their friends and bank's who have failed to manage themselves properly. That they should consider themselves authorized to do so is appalling. one tell the annointed one what comes after a trillion... They are deliberately undermining the American economy as part of the globalist agenda. They are traitors.

jim k, austin

If you send it, They will spend it.

Waffler, Smith

The people are the state and the proportion of the total wealth allocated or in the hands of individuals versus the state is the function of the needs and purposes of all of the people. WWII was the best example of an exteme reallocation of wealth to military success. Money is only good for spending, if the wealth is in the hands of a few private individuals who decicde to spend it in ways detrimental to the people then the people from whom the wealth originally flowed have a right to correct the misallocation. In a capitalist society the wealth flows from the poorest and every one in between up to the capitalist, without the people consuming his goods the capitalist would be without a market.

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RBESRQ    11/25/09

Yes, we have turned over our wealth to the state - not just monetary wealth but also the wealth of our conscience. We must again insist on limiting the state and above all our military machine and corporate monopolies. We must IMMEDIATELY stop funding politician's campaign chests. Only then do we have a chance to recover this nation. If not all hell will break loose.

Ken, Allyn, WA

The people are the state? How Orwellian! The state is the agent of the people, not the other way around. Don't forget who's the boss in this Republic.

Waffler, Smith

Right on Ken! I think you and I are saying the same thing, for once.

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    RBESRQ    11/26/09

    Correct the intent not the words

    Romano, Bangkok

    Bastiat's book, The Law, is a must read.

    J Carlton, Calgary

    Absolutely right Romano, it should be required reading with each student required to write an essay on the subject. After all "The Law" is simple enough...even for Liberals.

    Robert, Somewhere in Europe

    Yes, capitalism, by its very nature, is the enemy of the people, because it cannot be controlled. Its nature is to gobble up all competition for the sake of profit and in the process screw the people. That scenario can only last while the printing press continues to spew a fiat economy and the people lose their fear of the government. The major cement in the works is the propaganda machine and the military industrial complex, but that is crumbling. Hence the reason the war mongers Hillary and her neo-con buddies are beating the drums of was - their very existence depends on it! But, I see cracks in the wall on the hill and the people are becoming restless and angry.... Our only hope is if Bernie is nominated as he will trounce Trump and Hillary would lose.
    Bernie for President.......

    Robert, Somewhere in Europe

    Fortunately, for republicans, its the Liberals that uphold the law... otherwise their would be no Republicans.

    Andrew Sherr, Garden City
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    Andrew Sherr, Garden City Robert, Somewhere in Europe 5/21/20

    They do??? Now that is a mystery!!!! Maybe once upon a time. Perhaps 4 years later you need to rethink?!!!

    Mike, Norwalk

    Robert, rolling on the floor laughing out loud. You would have to define "Liberals" and "the law" before your statement would have ANY chance of credulity. Amerika's Democrats / Republicans, socialists - neoliberal/progressives/religious to neocon/religious, liberals (by current general acceptance) / conservatives, collectivist / oligarchical gods, etc., etc., etc. would rather lie and commit compelled compliance, licenses, victimless crimes, larceny with impunity, alienate nature's rights, immoral activities/ criminal functions and proselyte others to do so than anything else. Is your reference to law, the de jure constitutional laws of nature and of nature's God (natural law) or, to the de facto unconstitutional legal positivism where man as god creates his own law and punishment for any interpreted infraction thereof? Because in fact, Liberals nor Republicans uphold either definition. Again, what is your definition of "Liberal" and "the law"?

    Your terse explanation of capitalism describes crony-capitalism, not capitalism. Capitalism is a laissez-faire system that works in a free market with "capital" (a tangible money with intrinsic value, gold and silver coin for example) at natural law (fiscal law) and justice. The screwing of people would be outside natural law and unjust thus eliminating a possible scenario of capitalism. The occupying statist theocracy infesting this land has not allowed capitalism for over a century and while relating thereto, freedom, private enterprise (private anything), wealth, happiness, independence, personal dignity are all vanishing

    Ronw13, Oregon

    Thank you very much Mike, Norwalk !! For the individual sovereign to capitalized, one must remove the oppressive arm of exaction upon hearth and home first, to restore true capitalistic opportunity to the sovereign individual.

    Mary - MI
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    Mary - MI    5/28/16

    I truly hope that Robert remains "somewhere in Europe."
    Better yet .. I believe he would most likely be best beset with getting his eyes opened to the ultimate fraught ridden Liberal Socialist results that have now disseminated the Argentinian nation and its people.


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