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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and thought-provoking, 15 July 2004
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Kurt A. Johnson (Marseilles, IL USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Law (Hardcover)
Frederic Bastiat (1801-50) was a French economist, philosopher and statesman, and this book was written by him as he was already dying of tuberculosis. In The Law, Monsieur Bestiat examines what the natures of law and government are and what they should be, and shows how the natural greed of humanity leads to a perversion of them. He goes on to show that the natural result of this "legal plunder" is ultimately communism and a dictatorship, not of the proletariat, but of a self-styled elite that views the proletariat as a raw material to be molded and, if necessary, broken.
I must say that Frederic Bastiat was able to pack more fascinating analysis into a short space than any other writer I have ever seen. He was definitely cast in the same mold as the founding fathers of the United States, with his belief that life, liberty and property are the unalienable gifts of God. He persuasively argues for the defense of these rights, and shows what happens when a people decide to trample upon them.
If you are interested in the philosophy that produced the United States of America, then I highly recommend that you read this fascinating and thought-provoking book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Politics 101, 13 Mar 2013
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Although a product of the relatively "dry" subject of political theory, this is one of the very best books I have ever read. Although it was written over 150 years ago, it is incredibly relevant today. Bastiat builds a perfect argument against socialist economic policies, clearly (and in quite simple language, despite the age of the document) explaining how taking from one man and giving to another is nothing more than "legal plunder". Although this book didn't change my view of how the world works, it certainly clarified things for me. An excellent beginning point for anyone trying to get to the root of our problems today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Law and Plunder, 21 Jun 2012
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This is the best book of all time it is a cross political, sociological,psychological,philosophical and legal narrative in its best. Human rights lawyers sociologists and polititians must read this book. It is an indictment of all systems of governance ever used in human kind since ice age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The law today is perverted., 25 Sep 2014
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If you want to law what the law is supposed to be – read this.
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