- Paperback: 88 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Brown (December 28, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193604174X
- ISBN-13: 978-1936041749
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #835,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Law: The Classic Blueprint For A Free Society
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The Law struck me as an ecnomics version of Thomas Paine's Common Sense - a short, easy to understand book full of impassioned, clearly laid out arguments and examples that clearly demonstrate the author's arguments.
Bastiat was a man who was not in synch with his times or his country. He grew up in Napoleonic France, a time and place that replaced the idea of individual liberty with government action for the good of the individual. Bastiat argues (and supplies plenty of examples to back his arguments) that this is a perversion of the purpose of government: "The organizers maintain that society, when left undirected, rushed headlong to its inevitable destruction because the instincts of the people are so perverse. The legislators claim to stop this suicidial course and to give it a saner direction. Apparently, then, the legislators and the organizers have received from Heaven an intelligence and virtue that place them beyond and above humankind; if so, let them show their titles to this superiority. They would be shepherds to us, their sheep. Certainly such an arrangement presupposes that they are naturally superior to the rest of us." (pp. 62-3)
Bastiat begins with a look at the origins of government. He argues, like Locke and Hobbes that governments had to have been organized to protect life and property.Read more ›
There is a great amount of wisdom in this book, or i should say long pamphlet. I reccommend it to anyone really. Student of liberty or not. It is the first (possibly?) piece of liteature that advocated a legislature that made it harder to steal than to work that didnt violate the very rights it was trying to protect. And maybe to believe that a legistature, a state, can exist without violating the rights it was meant to protect, like in the american constitution, is to believe in a myth, the hobbesian myth. But should you read this you may not come to the same conclusion i have come to.
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Perfect! I only wish that I could have this tattooed in reverse on the forehead of every elected whore in Congress... Read morePublished 4 months ago by soil sommelier
Why didn't I hear of this little book earlier. Easy to read and easier to understand. The concepts are akin to our Nations founding so only some really open minded liberals would... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Pat Ryan
This is a great short read on our freedoms and review of the early Constitution.Published 19 months ago by Chris D.
Anyone interested in understanding law, the proper role of government, economy, and social contract should read The Law. A great read, short but truePublished on January 13, 2014 by RGenck
I highly recommend this book for everyone.
Very insightful and timeless.
Interesting concept of the unseen verses what is seen in economics.
My daughter, who is a sophomore, is using this book in her upcoming American Government and Economics class. Several teachers have recommended it.Published on August 20, 2013 by 2girls4mom