Tag Archives: Frederic Bastiat

Thought For the Day: Try Liberty; For Liberty Is An Acknowledgment of Faith in God and His Works

“And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: The Safest Way To Make Laws Respected Is To Make Them Respectable

“The safest way to make laws respected is to make them respectable.” – Frédéric Bastiat

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First Principles: In Short, Is Not Liberty the Freedom of Every Person To Make Full Use of His Faculties, So Long As He Does Not Harm Other Persons While Doing So?

“In short, is not liberty the freedom of every person to make full use of his faculties, so long as he does not harm other persons while doing so? Is not liberty the destruction of all despotism — including, of … Continue reading

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First Principles: Everyone Wants To Live At the Expense of the State. They Forget That the State Lives At the Expense of Everyone

“Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state lives at the expense of everyone.” – Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850)

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Thought For the Day: Socialists Desire To Practice Legal Plunder, Not Illegal Plunder. Socialists…Desire to Make the Law Their Own Weapon

“Socialists desire to practice legal plunder, not illegal plunder. Socialists, like all other monopolists, desire to make the law their own weapon. And when once the law is on the side of socialism, how can it be used against socialism? … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Where Plunder Becomes A Way of Life, A Legal System Is Created To Authorize It Until It Is Glorified As Moral

“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” – Frederic Bastiat … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Socialism Is Legal Plunder

“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 other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits … Continue reading

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