Frederic Bastiat () was a French economist, statesman, and author. In addition, Dean Russell had his work reviewed by Bertrand de Jouvenel, the. The problem has never been discussed so profoundly and passionately as in this essay by Frederic Bastiat from The essay might have been written today. Para Bastiat la función de la ley es proteger derechos preexistentes a la ley. Para contextualizar al autor hay que, a mi parecer, fijarse en algo más que el.
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Thiers, if education were left to national liberty, it would cease to be national, and we would be teaching our children the ideas of the Turks or Hindus; whereas, thanks to this legal despotism over education, our children now have the good fortune to be taught the noble ideas of the Romans. His mind turns to organizations, combinations, and arrangements — legal or apparently legal. But nobody has ever convinced me why the nation must exist.
Ah, then it is claimed that the people have an instinctive wisdom; they are gifted with the finest perception; their will is always right; the general will cannot err; voting cannot be too universal. It is not this kind of plunder that systematically threatens the foundations of society. It is not considered sufficient that the law should be just; it must be philanthropic. And what remedy is proposed for this? So far as they are democratic, they place unlimited faith in mankind.
Why does the state protect the people?
The problem has never been discussed so profoundly and passionately as in this ,a by Frederic Bastiat from They assume that people are susceptible to being shaped — by the will and hand of another person — into an infinite variety of forms, more or less symmetrical, artistic, and perfected. But how moral is the constitution? This was particularly the case in Thus the same relationship exists between the legislator and the prince as exists between the agricultural expert and the farmer; and the relationship between the prince and his subjects is the same as that between the farmer and his land.
To that end, He has provided us with a collection of wonderful faculties; He has plunged us into the midst of a variety of elements. Why are there classes, still an enforcement of justice equality and liberty?
All that the people have to do is to bow to leadership. The Vicious circle of socialism “Once and for all, liberty is not only a mere granted right; it is also the power granted to a person to use and to develop his faculties under a reign of justice and under the protection of the law.
When this happens, the people no longer need to discuss, to compare, to plan ahead; the law does all this for them. When you buy yours get and extra and give it away.
Apparently, then, the legislators and the organizers have received from Heaven an intelligence and virtue that place them beyond and above mankind; if so, let them show their titles to this superiority. And I defy anyone to say how even the baetiat of revolution, of insurrection, of the slightest uprising could arise against a government whose organized force was confined only to suppressing injustice. The purpose of the law is to protect individuals, protect collective interests, maintain justice.
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? fredsric
The nature of law is to maintain justice. But, in due course, this material reacted against him. Men in general, except one, form the first; the politician himself forms the second, which is by far the most important.
Instead of rooting out the injustices found in society, they make these injustices general. If people are as incapable, as immoral, and as ignorant as the politicians indicate, then why is the right of these same crederic to vote defended with such passionate insistence? Our American government has over-stepped its bounds. The principle of the republican government is virtue, and the means required to establish virtue is terror. The law extends over a society where some persons have knowledge and others do not; where some citizens need to learn, and others can teach.
But when the legislator is finally elected — ah!
Under these circumstances, then certainly every class will aspire to grasp the law, and logically so. Thus does Mentor prepare his student to mold and to manipulate — doubtless with the best of intentions — the people of Ithaca.
The essay might have been written today.
There is no country in the world where the law is kept more within its proper domain: On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first basfiat. Nationalism becomes a tool for the state to keep people in check. All in all, I still would have this be fundamental book for people to read.
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They differ only in respect to what constitutes incapacity. Many of the things he said would happen because of this or that policy have and are happening as I write this. Has anyone else read this book small, only 61 pages? See if the law takes frederi some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong.
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