The Law

The Law

by Frédéric Bastiat

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The Law, original French title La Loi, is a 1849 book by Fr�d�ric Bastiat. It was published one year after the third French Revolution of 1848 and one year before his death of tuberculosis at age 49. The essay was influenced by John Locke's Second Treatise on Government and in turn influenced Henry Hazlitt's Economics in One Lesson. It is the work for which Bastiat is most famous along with The candlemaker's petition and the Parable of the broken window.

In The Law, Bastiat states that "each of us has a natural right � from God � to defend his person, his liberty, and his property". The State is a "substitution of a common force for individual forces" to defend this right. The law becomes perverted when it punishes one's right to self-defense in favor of another's acquired right to plunder.

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BN ID: 2940149567423
Publisher: Tower Publishing
Publication date: 03/19/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 812,216
File size: 327 KB

About the Author

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Claude Fr�d�ric Bastiat (June 30, 1801 � December 24, 1850) was a French classical liberal theorist, political economist, and member of the French assembly. He is buried at San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome.

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Libertarian_Rob More than 1 year ago
Completely changed my understanding of personal freedom, particularly as it relates to property rights. Tremendous.