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  • File Size: 94 KB
  • Print Length: 60 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1419168878
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Misbach Enterprises (June 1, 2008)
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001B5VPXY
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Neil Chilson on March 6, 2011
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I read this short book in a single sitting. Originally published in 1850, "The Law" is a surprisingly current analysis of the role of law in human society, and of the causation and negative effects of expanding the law beyond its proper role. It is a very succinct and punchy argument for the importance of liberty.

One note: Bastiat quotes at some length from contemporaries. The Kindle edition formats these quotes inconsistently, sometimes italicizing and sometimes not. Due to this inconsistency, I occasionally found it difficult to distinguish the quotes from Bastiat's own writing.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Luke Orem on December 24, 2009
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This book was absolutely amazing. I read it now, as a 27 year old military veteran trying to make sense of what is going on in the free market and I see we don't even have a free market. I get introduced to a couple crazy ideas about history predicting the mess we are in and I find things like "War is a Racket" and "The law" and I have to sit back and be amazed about how it took me 27 years to really look at how we got to where we are. So much wasted time thinking obscure thoughts for entertainment purposes. Thankfully things like that have stood the test of time for new generations to latch on to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Currie-Knight VINE VOICE on May 25, 2009
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What is the law? Politial economist Frederic Bastiat suggests that the law is a negative, rather than a positive, concept: law is not justice, but a safeguard against injustice. As humans, Bastiat says, have a natural right to person, liberty, and property, one of the key criteria of justice is that it safeguards people's persons, liberty, and property. Thus, the government's legitimate role is to prevent theft and incursion onto individuals' liberties.

Needless to say, this was not then, and is not now, happening. Governments do not generally seem to limit themselves to protecting individual liberty, but go well beyond this, mistakenly supposing that they can legislate their way to justice. Whether it is social justice, a particular moral code, "fair trade," etc, governments often feel that the people cannot be trusted to recognize their own interests; government must enforce people's adherence to the government's interest.

Bastiat's greatest insight in this book is the concept of legal plunder. He suggests that while every government everywhere recognizes that it is wrong to steal someone's property (no matter how noble one's intent), government gives itself a free pass to take property, often taking from one class to give to another. Bastiat asks repeatedly this rhetorical question (for we already know the answer): if I may not steal from you to give to my friend without legal consequence, why can the government do this? If it is not fair when I take your property without your consent, why is government exempt from moral outrage when it follows suit?

Bastiat wrote "The Law" shortly after the French revolution, but it is not exaggeration to say that this terse and clearly argued book is every bit as necessary today as it was then.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ohio mom on January 30, 2011
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this publication is applicable now as much as it was when it was originally written. I recommend everyone read this regardless of your political affliciation. It's well written, easy to understand and gives a sound arguement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve on March 16, 2012
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I read the "Communist Manifesto" recently that a friend lent to me. I learned a lot about communism from reading it. It made me even more glad that I am not a communist.

This same friend also lent me the book "The Law." After reading it, I decided to purchase it for reference. The book is about economic theory from a legal standpoint. I agree with the author's viewpoint to a great extent. It is a different way to explain capitalism.

I liked this book a lot. I highly recommend to others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Allen Honeycutt on July 20, 2011
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It is disturbing that in my public education I was not introduced to Mr. Bastiat's classic masterpiece. His perception of liberty parallels the great men that founded our great nation. Required reading for all Americans!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronaldregean on January 1, 2012
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This book helped me develop another perspective on the law, what it is , can be, and most importantly should be restrained to remaining. Law is a basic and equal Justice for all. It does not meddle in affairs is does not naturally contain. It is not a tool to force conformity. It is not a science experiment for the would be omnipotent legislator.

Law is organized justice which defends life, property, and liberty.

The knowledge in this book far exceeds the .99 cent price tag.

I would recommend this to anyone, especially the individuals making our laws.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex Croy on March 11, 2013
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Required reading for anyone wishing to educate themselves on the role of Law and Governement. Asks, and answeres, a lot of the very basic questions about the rights & responsibilities of individuals and governance.

First 1/2 of the book is logical, theoretical mind exercise. 2nd half debunks/analyzes various other governance theories popular at the time (1850's, Frnace). Much still applies.

Only drawback is it may make you weep at how far America has fallen from it's founding principals.
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