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"Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Thus the beneficiaries are spared the shame and danger that their acts would otherwise involve... But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them and gives it to the other persons to whom it doesn't belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime. Then abolish that law without delay ... No legal plunder; this is the principle of justice, peace, order, stability, harmony and logic."
Click to read the classic book The Law, by Frederic Bastiat, 1850
First published as a pamphlet in June, 1850, it is already more than a hundred years old. And because its truths are eternal, it will still be read when another century has passed. This is an absolute must read for anyone interested in law, justice, truth, or liberty. A most compelling and revolutionary look at The Law.
Frederic Bastiat (more quotes by Frederic Bastiat or books by/about 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
(1801-1850) French economist, statesman, and author
"The Law" by Frederic Bastiat, 1850
<i>The Law,</i> by Frederic Bastiat, 1850
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