"Life, faculties, production -- in other words, individuality, liberty, property -- this is man. And in spite of the cunning of artful political leaders, these three gifts from God precede all human legislation and are superior to 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 (1848)
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Reader comments about this quote:
Natural Law in a nutshell.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Life=Indivuality, Liberty=Faculties, Property=Prduction. What a bunch of BS.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    Too deep for the average communist...obviously! ;-)
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    I fear too many Americans have not the stomach to do something about saving their Freedom. Instead they will simply lie down and the politicians have their way with them.
     -- Ken, Spokane     
    Waff, good to see your reply as we need to get the Communist view on things.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    Those that choose their own way, live by their own faculties, and produce are the free -- those that obey the dictates of their masters, are but one of the collective, and consume the fruits of others' labors are the slaves. Those that have been conned and indoctrinated into giving up their lives and liberty in exchange for the spoils of tyranny hide behind the state to justify their collusion with totalitarianism.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Of course, an astute observation in the obvious; only those that hate individual liberty, freedom, sovereignty, inalienable rights and prosperity would think the sentiment stated is BS.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    No man is free, that believes Government sees him this way.
     -- Michael, Gilbert AZ     
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