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5.0 out of 5 stars An EXCELLENT introduction to Bastiat's economic thought!
Bastiat is arguably the most witty, lucid and engaging economists to have ever lived. Not only is his thought insightful and universally relevant, he is a joy to read. I'm very glad this edition has been published. Not only does it provide Bastiat's most powerful essays that effortlessly debunk so many harmful economic fallacies; such as the notion that destruction can...
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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An EXCELLENT introduction to Bastiat's economic thought!, April 1, 2011
This review is from: The Economics of Freedom: What Your Professors Won't Tell You, Selected Works of Frederic Bastiat (Students For Liberty Library Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Bastiat is arguably the most witty, lucid and engaging economists to have ever lived. Not only is his thought insightful and universally relevant, he is a joy to read. I'm very glad this edition has been published. Not only does it provide Bastiat's most powerful essays that effortlessly debunk so many harmful economic fallacies; such as the notion that destruction can stimulate the economy or that technology leads to higher unemployment, it does so in a really accessible collection. This edition is concluded with some of Tom G. Palmer's essays on Markets that compliment Bastiat's work perfectly. Were I to recommend a primer on economics to any college-aged student - this book would be it.

Contents:

Introduction

Foreword (by F.A. Hayek)

What is Seen and What is Not Seen (Frederic Bastiat)

1. The Broken Window
2. The Demobilization
3. Taxes
4. Theatres and Fine Arts
5. Public Works
6. Middlemen
7. Restraint of Trade
8. Machines
9. Credit
10. Algeria
11. Thrift and Luxury
12. The Right to Employment and the Right to Profit

A Petition (Frederic Bastiat)

A Negative Railroad (Frederic Bastiat)

The Balance of Trade (Frederic Bastiat)

Twenty Myths about Markets (Tom G. Palmer)

1. Ethical Criticisms
2. Economic Criticisms
3. Hybrid Ethical/Economic Criticisms
4. Overly Enthusiastic Defenses
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prophetic explanations, September 25, 2012
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This review is from: The Economics of Freedom: What Your Professors Won't Tell You, Selected Works of Frederic Bastiat (Students For Liberty Library Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Frederic Bastiat describes how we take seemingly virtuous actions based on what is seen but suffer damage from effects not immediately apparent. Bastiat wrote in the 19th century, but his descriptions of the arguments for government intervention could be taken from today's political discussions. Some archaic language and references to French 19th-century people and places are a little obscure, but can be pretty easily understood from context. Highly recommended to help understand current approaches to government and economics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bastiat nails it, November 8, 2013
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This review is from: The Economics of Freedom: What Your Professors Won't Tell You, Selected Works of Frederic Bastiat (Students For Liberty Library Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Along with Henry Hazlitt's "Economics in One Lesson" this is a must read book for every conservative or libertarian. Why? Well Bastiat does a wonderful job of framing the arguments that liberals use in a way that we can use when we discuss the obtuse economic ideas of the left. The examples Bastiat use are actually clear and simple enough that even a progressive might under stand them.

I would recommend this to every homeschooling family to add to the curriculum along with Hazlitt's fine little book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good!, October 20, 2012
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This is a book that everybody must read to understand what is behind the political choices. Options that at first sight look to be good may hide others that make them awful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A foundational economic work, March 28, 2014
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Bastiat was a contemporary of Marx. Like Marx, could write compellingly for a non-technical audience. His views have panned out better than those of his more famous and controversial colleague.

Reading Bastiat is like reading Adam Smith without the tedium of a hugh tome and analyses of the steps involved in pin manufacture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very clear, March 17, 2014
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Understanding economics helps explain why so many good intentions in politics causes pain to the very people whom are targeted for help.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Monsieur Bastiat is a beacon of light among the darkness of the generalized level of darkness of most common people, February 9, 2014
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Bastiat, a Frenchman who lived in the XIX century, was a man of clear mind and reasoning, who always reasoned with impeccable logic. He deserves admiration for his clarity of mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding., January 22, 2014
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This book will teach you, about economics, what school should have It should be required reading in all high school economics classes. As well as for those who run for Congress
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is common sense!, January 7, 2014
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It is uncommon, common sense! His description of economics is brought down to the common persons understanding so you don't have to have a college degree to understand how the real world of finance, economics and personal motivation really works. Most economists speak in unintelligible language that doesn't help anyone understand the fundamentals of economics and finance. His clarity is a relief from ignorance. I love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, December 17, 2013
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Should be required reading for every politician and government worker. Right after they read the constitution. It's an easy read, highly recommended.
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