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What’s Law Got to do with It?

This essay is about a great book called “The Law”.  I only scratched the surface of the ideas contained in the book and I hope I have not detracted from the brilliance of Bastiat’s writing.  Enjoy.

In present times, it seems almost impossible to keep up with what laws the Federal government is passing, what laws the State governments are passing, and what laws our local governments are passing, so it seems a natural enough question to ask, “What is law?” and “What do I expect the law to do for me?”

Frederic Bastiat, a nineteenth century French economist, philosopher, and author, wrote a book first published in June 1850 titled “The Law”, addressed these very same questions. He did his writing before, during, and after the French Revolution of 1848 which makes this all the more relevant since there are major concerns about the path the governments of the world seem to be on and how it relates to socialistic ideas.  Bastiat wrote:

What, then, is law? It is the collective organization of the individual right to lawful defense. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 1, 2011 in Uncategorized


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