Frederic Bastiat

The Monopoly of Education

by Steve MacDonald October 18, 2014
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    The most urgent necessity is not that the State should teach, but that it should allow education.  All monopoles are detestable, but the worst of all is the monopoly of educations. -Frederic Bastiat          

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Notable Quote: Frederic Bastiat – The advantages of Plunder, Without Its Risk or Disgrace

by Steve MacDonald July 10, 2014
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The oppressor no longer acts directly and with his own powers upon his victim.  No, our discretion has become too refined for that.  The tyrant and his victim are still present, but there is an Government intermediate person between them, which is the Government–that is, the Law itself. What can be better calculated to silence […]

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Frederic Bastiat: Someone ALWAYS has to pay

by Skip June 8, 2014

And that is the problem – everybody wants but doesn’t want to pay. (H/T: Liberal Logic 101)

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Notable Quote: Frederic Bastiat – “Government Is…”

by Steve MacDonald May 23, 2014
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  “Government is that great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.”   I’ve added some additional quotes that lead up to this definition…

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Notable Quote: Frederic Bastiat – ‘Materials of Mankind’

by Steve MacDonald May 3, 2014
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“Since the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to allow them liberty, how comes it to pass that the tendencies of organizers are always good?  Do not the legislators and their agents form a part of the human race?  Do they consider that they are composed of different materials […]

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Notable Quote – ‘The Mysterious Hand of the Legislator’

by Steve MacDonald April 20, 2014
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They have taken it for granted that if abandoned to their own inclinations, men would only occupy themselves with religion to arrive at atheism, with instruction to come to ignorance, and with labor and exchange to be extinguished in misery.  Happily, according to these writers, there are some men, termed governors and legislators, upon whom […]

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Notable Quote – Frederic Bastiat: “Lawful Plunder”

by Steve MacDonald February 27, 2014
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“It is in the nature of men to rise against the injustice of which they are the victims.  When, therfore, plunder is organized by law, for the profit of those who perpetrate it, all the plundered classes tend, either by peaceful or revolutionary means, to enter in some way into the manufacturing of laws.  These […]

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Notable Quote; Frederic Bastiat – Perversion of The Law

by Steve MacDonald February 24, 2014
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It (the Law) has acted in direct opposition to its proper end; it has destroyed its own object; it has been employed in annihilating that justice which it ought to have established, in effacing amongst Rights, that limit which it was its true mission to respect; it has placed the collective force in the service […]

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Notable Quote: Claude Frederic Bastiat

by Steve MacDonald December 19, 2013
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It is not because men have made laws, that personality, liberty, and property exist.  On the contrary, it is because personality, liberty, and property exist before hand, that men make laws. … Nature, or rather God, has bestowed upon every one of us the right to defend his person, his liberty, and his property, since […]

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Notable Quote: Their Faith is in The Legislator, Ours is in Mankind

by Steve MacDonald January 14, 2013

I am, I confess, one of those who think that choice and impulse ought to come from below and not from above, from the citizen and not from the legislator; and the opposite doctrine appears to me to tend to the destruction of liberty and of human dignity. But by a deduction as false as […]

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Notable Quotes: Frederic Bastiat – “The Extra-Legal Parasite vs. The Lawful Sponger”

by Steve MacDonald January 11, 2013

“…when John Q. Citizen gives a hundred sous to a Government officer and receives nothing for them unless it be annoyances, he might as well give them to a thief.  It is nonsense to say that the Government officer will spend these hundred sous to the great profit of national labor; the thief would do […]

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Notable Quotes: Frederic Bastiat

by Steve MacDonald July 31, 2012

[There] “is this idea that mankind is merely inert matter, receiving life, organization, morality, and prosperity from the power of the state.  And even worse, it will be stated that mankind tends toward degeneration, and is stopped from this downward course only by the mysterious hand of the legislator. -Frédéric Bastiat For Barack ‘You Didn’t […]

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