"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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Natural Law in a nutshell.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Life=Indivuality, Liberty=Faculties, Property=Prduction. What a bunch of BS.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    Too deep for the average communist...obviously! ;-)
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    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     
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    Waff, good to see your reply as we need to get the Communist view on things.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    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     
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    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     
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    No man is free, that believes Government sees him this way.
     -- Michael, Gilbert AZ     
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    I would hope not all, in the "irs" and "congress" feel as Waffler does. Seeing clearly, they draw their lively hood from the (Yshuwah) "welfare" box. Our Nation was founded upon the "Towb" "good welfare" of the people, through the "good word" concerning liberty and Freedom from oppression, forced servitude, slavery. Some need to rethink the service they provide and to whom/what they worship. There is a New Sheriff in town. 
    Happy Declaration of Independence Day, on this 4th of July 2018
     -- Ronw13, OR     
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