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That Which Is Seen and That Which Is Not Seen: The Unintended Consequences of Government Spending Paperback – February 18, 2007
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Of course, we know that sort of policy is not the proper solution to problems of finacial difficulties; however, it's the most expedient, and therefore, most politically advantageous. After all, it's politicians who are running things; not economists.
Frederic Bastiat's remarkable treatise on government spending was written a century and a half ago, but like his timeless masterpiece The Law, this particular endeavor is still very relevent. The language is perhaps a bit difficult to sift through; but it's message is clear: The government really needs much less intervention in dealing with our society's needs; that concept is still as compelling today as it was when Bastiat first wrote this book.
Big government needs to shrink; it's really that simple. Making that happen any time soon is going to be difficult, however, as long as politicians are still running things; and they are.
This is a must read for anyone interested in economics or politics.
Read Bastiat along with Beitler's Rational Individualism: A Moral Argument for Limited Government & Capitalism. Essential reading for free-market thinkers.
It is short and to the point. Brilliant.
The book shows how feel-good liberal-progressive programs concentrate only on the (generally) tiny minority of good that they do without ever being submitted to real scrutiny about their unseen costs. It would be nice if a bill could be passed to ensure that every government program be submitted to a thorough cost/benefit basis scrutiny. That would sure hurt our career politicians by making them unable to simply demagogue and get get away with wasting our money on bad ideas but there just might be a chance that we would see a better class of representative in the long run.
I'm not sure which was published first, but it seems to take up the theme of "The Law", and en devours to illuminate further the foibles of a government obsessed with righting the wrongs of the world through taxation (legal plunder).
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This is a great little item about economic truths. Particularly valuable in light of Obama's spending policies.Published 13 months ago by Robin Atler
Quite frankly, I haven't had time to get to it, but I love Bastiat. Has anyone else read his The Law? Hmmmmm. The law? What a concept.Published 18 months ago by Jane Meiners
A simple little book brimming with classical economic notions that point out the fallacies of the modern Keynesian-driven policies of our idiotic politicians. A true gem...Published on January 20, 2014 by Kenneth S. Imbriale
Bastiat is one of the greatest minds on economics of all time. His timeless window pane analysis should be read and understood by all citizens. Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by dwharton
While I appreciate what Mr. Bastiat is trying to communicate in this little book(let) and agree with much of it, his flowery wording doesn't seem to fit well with the economic... Read morePublished on December 21, 2012 by Ann Pat