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Un livre si essentiel que tout le monde devrait l’avoir lu. Away, then, with quacks and organizers! And again among the Persians, Bossuet claims that all comes from above: In this matter of education, the law has only two alternatives: The Fatal Idea of Legal Plunder But on the other hand, imagine that this fatal principle has been introduced: Nor does it come from a gloomy and uncharitable ferderic.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. We understand that liberty means competition. Still further, morality and political fredegic must be taught from the point of lloi of this law; from the supposition that it must be a just law merely because it is a law. As soon as the plundered classes gain political power, they establish a system of reprisals against other classes. It is evident, then, that fredetic proper purpose of law is to use the power of its collective force to stop this fatal tendency to plunder instead of to work.

One of the things most strongly impressed by whom? The Law and Charity You say: Frederoc who would dare to undertake the political creation of a people ought to believe that he can, in a manner of speaking, transform human nature; transform each individual — who, by himself, is a solitary and perfect whole — into a mere part of a greater whole from which the individual will henceforth receive his life and being.

These arts were invented by Trismegistus [who was alleged to have been Chancellor to the Egyptian god Osiris]. What are the consequences of such a perversion? No costly furniture, no magnificent clothing, no delicious feasts, no gilded lok are permitted.


Ignorance of religion and of the political regulations of the country was not excused under any circumstances. When justice is organized by law — that is, by force — this excludes the idea of using law force to organize any human activity whatever, whether it be labor, charity, agriculture, commerce, industry, education, art, or religion. So far as they are democratic, they place unlimited faith in mankind.

In meddling with the balance of trade by playing with tariffs, the government thereby contracts to make trade prosper; and if this results in destruction instead of prosperity, whose fault is it? Under the influence of teaching like this — which stems from classical education — there came a time when everyone wished to place himself above mankind in order to arrange, organize, and regulate it in his own way. Thus, according to Freseric, persons derive nothing from themselves.

Get to Know Us. For this purpose, he devises tariff laws, tax laws, relief laws, and school laws. The weak and trusting character of Solon plunged Athens into slavery. This is the reason why the Hebrews formerly — and, more recently, the Arabs — had religion as their principle objective.

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His ideas deserve a serious hearing. In that country, there was a dramatic struggle between the agricultural southern states, and the industrialized northern. Suppose that the law does not frederi us to follow certain forms of religion, or systems of association, or methods of education, or regulations of labor, or regulations of trade, or plans for charity; does it then follow that we shall eagerly plunge into atheism, hermitary, ignorance, misery, and greed?

Are we not living in an age of enlightenment?

And what have been the results? It is burdened with everything, it undertakes everything, it does everything; therefore it is responsible for everything. Considering the extent of human degradation, I am convinced that it is necessary to effect a total regeneration and, if I may so express myself, of creating a new people.

Have they not won their rights by great effort and sacrifice? And by the same reasoning, he thus informs us that low prices lead to high prices; that competition drives production to destructive activity; that competition drains away the sources of purchasing power; basttiat competition forces an increase in production while, at the same time, it forces a frederid in consumption.


The Law by Frédéric Bastiat

Give them a new tension, and the evil will be cured And according to Bossuet, the Greek people, although exceedingly intelligent, had no sense of personal responsibility; like dogs and horses, they themselves could not have invented the most simple games: It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.

The state will be subjected to ceaseless agitations until it is destroyed or changed, and invincible nature regains her empire. The law has placed the collective force at the disposal of the unscrupulous who wish, without risk, to exploit the person, liberty, and property of others. Do not listen to this sophistry by vested interests. By the application of our faculties to these natural resources we convert them into products, and use them. Once started, where will you stop? As you have, they too have received from God the faculty to observe, to plan ahead, to think, and to judge for themselves!

It has been applied to annihilating the justice that it was supposed to maintain; to limiting and destroying rights which its real purpose was to respect. Once this is determined, the government has only to direct the physical and moral forces of the nation toward that end. Political questions will always be prejudicial, dominant, and all-absorbing. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Not until he, Robespierre, shall have accomplished these miraclesas he so rightly calls them, will he permit the law to reign again.