"And what is this liberty, whose very name makes the heart beat faster and shakes the world? Is it not the union of all liberties -- liberty of conscience, of education, of association, of the press, of travel, of labor, of trade?"
Frederic Bastiat
(1801-1850) [Claude Frederic Bastiat] French economist, statesman, and author. He did most of his writing during the years just before -- and immediately following -- the French Revolution of February 1848
"The Law" by Frederic Bastiat (1848)
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 -- Mike, Norwalk      
 -- Jim k, Austin      
Very interesting reads ! Independence is catching, " Liberty shakes the world ". " The law becomes perverted when it punishes one's right to self-defense ( of his life, liberty and property ) in favor of another's right to " Legalized Plunder "
" If the privileged classes or socialist use the government for " legalized plunder " this will encourage the other socio-economic class to also use " legal plunder". And that the correct response to both the Socialist and Corporatist is to cease ( all ) " legal plunder " Frederic Bastiat.
Gustave de Molinari has a very interesting take on the American civil war, concerning " legal plunder."
Murray Rothbard, and Anarcho Capitalism.
" The Ethics of Private Property is incompatible with the existence of a state defined as an agency that possesses a compulsory territorial monopoly of ultimate decision-making ( jurisdiction ) and/or the right to tax."
You could say these are men after the Liberty lovers heart !
Thank you editor for the quote !
 -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
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    Man, oh, man, Bastiat's The Law is a must read for Americans. Either you are with him or against him -- that is to say, you are either for Liberty or against it.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
     -- Mary, MI      
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