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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (1 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479235652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479235650
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.4 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,265,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frederic Bastiat was born in Bayonne, Aquitaine, France. When he was nine years old, he was orphaned and became a ward of his father's parents. At age seventeen he left school to become more involved with his family's business as an exporter. Economist Thomas DiLorenzo suggests that this family business experience was crucial to Bastiat's later work because it allowed young Frédéric to acquire first-hand knowledge of some of the effects of trade regulations on the market. Sheldon Richman notes that "he came of age during the Napoleonic wars, with their extensive government intervention in economic affairs." When Bastiat was twenty-five, his grandfather and benefactor died, leaving the young man the family estate and providing him with the means to further his own theoretical inquiries. His areas of intellectual interest were diverse, including "philosophy, history, politics, religion, travel, poetry, political economy, [and] biography." His public career as an economist began only in 1844, and was cut short by his untimely death in 1850. Bastiat had contracted tuberculosis, probably during his tours throughout France to promote his ideas, and that illness eventually prevented him from making further speeches (particularly at the legislative assembly to which he was elected in 1848 and 1849) and took his life. Bastiat died in Rome on 24 December 1850. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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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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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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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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Highly recommended. Bastiat explains the purpose of law and government simply, logically, and ....correctly. His observations of government in his day are 100% applicable to any age, and to our age in particular.
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