"As long as the law may be diverted from its true purpose -- that it may violate property instead of protecting it -- then everyone will want to participate in making the law, either to protect himself against plunder or to use it for plunder. Political questions will always be prejudicial, dominant, and all-absorbing. There will be fighting to gain access to the legislature as well as fighting within it."
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 (1850)
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wow ! It doesn't get much more clear than that. Here, where the occupying statist theocracy recognizes no individual ownership of anything, the executive and judicial join in the fray to prove the quote's accuracy.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Bastiat was one of the clearest most succinct minds that ever gave thought to the evils of socialism.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Describes today's politics perfectly. Every student should read "The Law" by Frederic Bastiat.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Ronw13, OR      
    Laws for the child are  concerned with protection of their toys and to make sure no one interferes with their playtime. For adults laws are more of an instructional guide because the adult possess the mature characteristics of deciphering the wrong course from what is correct. 
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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