- Paperback: 1 pages
- Publisher: Institute Of Economic Affairs (December 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0255365098
- ISBN-13: 978-0255365093
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.2 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 730 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,981,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Bastiat's "The Law" (Occasional Paper, 123) Paperback – December 1, 2001
|New from||Used from|
See the Best Books of 2018 So Far
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for the best books of the year so far in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
About the Author
Norman Barry was a professor of politics at the University of Buckingham.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
-Justice is the absence of injustice. Nothing more than that.
-What God does is well done. Do not claim to know more than Him. The fact that this rule is almost universally broken says much about our level of hubris.
For Bastiat Law is a minus, it takes away. His subject is so relevant today that we can see the results of the States' false philanthropy, just as Orwell warned us in his Animal Farm. Western governments certainly know how to belittle us... we couldn't do without them. In Spain we have this government commercial encouraging drivers to drive well: "We can't drive for you!" They wished. The only idea that they think about it tells how far they've got under our skin.
This book is dynamite. Makes one see the world today in a clear and detached way. Who are the philanthropists that we "owe so much devotion to"? Take Gore's greedy schemes with his mineral mines behind his climactic facade. Take another homeless, Soros, the preacher of the Left, whose God is money.
To be a Pharisee is indeed to love the Law while hating man, to use the Law to make Injustice legal, to pervert Justice, to become a new god to modern State worshippers, wellfare addicts. Yes, Bastiat would sure be ashamed to see what the West has become: the legalized plunder by the State.
Please read and share this classic piece of literature. Invite everyone you know to read and discus it. This is one of the most powerful and concise books on politics ever written. The way in which Mr. Bastiat illustrates his point are careful not to be inflammatory, while at the same time hard hitting.
Regardless of one’s personal political persuasion, this is a must read.
Law is Justice!
And Justice is not robbing one group of men for the benefit of another such as the laws of Plunder. (tariffs, subsidies, bailouts, corporate or union tax breaks)
Law is Justice!
Nor is law a way to enforce government driven philanthropy, essentially robbing one man of rightful claim to his own money and give it to another man to which it does not rightfully belong. SOCIALIST PLUNDER! Mr. Bastiat goes on to break down any attempt to justify socialist society or laws and leaves but one clear and well defined role for law that every freedom loving man can praise, that is that
LAW IS JUSTICE!
Following on with the role of Law is the need to enforce it, which is the very reason for which men make Government. Frederic Bastiat explains the limitations of gov't through this very clear role of it. Gov't cannot give that which it does not posses. The government's realm is that of justice and you cannot expect it produce prosperity no more than you can expect a carpenter to fix cars or a miner to build houses. The government is to prevent injustice, you cannot expect to build the economy, make men moral, and feed the hungry any more than you can expect to take fire to stone and expect corn to grow. It is not going to happen because it is not its purpose, it is not its role, it is not within its realm of possibility.
Mr. Bastiat purposes a society where the economy controls the values of products, the law denies all forms of injustice towards a mans rights and the government is not a bureaucracy of special interest groups to meddle in social and economic affairs.
In The Law, Frederic Bastiat defends the principle that the Law is to enforce Justice and the gov't is to enforce that just Law.
Most US statutes (legislation) are Legal Plunder, especially since 1900. What would the US Code look like without all laws classified as Legal Plunder? It would be rational.
Quick read that breaks down problems with socialism and gives a good argument for liberty.