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The law

Statesman, essayist and economist, Frederic Bastiat is a renowned champion of individual freedom and THE LAW
Print Book, English, 1998
Foundation for Economic Education, Irvington-on-Hudson, N.Y., 1998
xiv, 79 pages ; 20 cm
9781572460737, 9781572460744, 1572460733, 1572460741
Life is a gift from God
What is law?
A just and enduring government
The complete perversion of the law
A fatal tendency of mankind
Property and plunder
Victims of lawful plunder
The results of legal plunder
The fate of non-conformists
Who shall judge?
The reason why voting is restricted
The answer is to restrict the law
The fatal idea of legal plunder
Perverted law causes conflict
Slavery and tariffs are plunder
Two kinds of plunder
The law defends plunder
How to identify legal plunder
Legal plunder has many names
Socialism is legal plunder
The choice is before us
The proper function of the law
The seductive lure of socialism
Enforced fraternity destroys liberty
Plunder violates ownership
Three systems of plunder
Law is force
Law is a negative concept
The political approach
The law and charity
The law and education
The law and morals
A confusion of terms
The influence of socialist writers
The socialists wish to play God
The socialists despise mankind
A defense of compulsory labor
A defense of paternal government
The idea of passive mankind
Socialist ignore reason and facts
Socialists want to regiment people
A famous name and an evil idea
A frightful idea
The leader of the democrats
Socialists want forced conformity
Legislators desire to mold mankind
Legislators told how to manage men
A temporary dictatorship
Socialists want equality of wealth
The error of the socialist writers
What is liberty?
Philanthropic Tyranny
The socialists want dictatorship
Dictatorial arrogance
The indirect approach to despotism
Napoleon wanted passive mankind
The vicious circle of socialism
The doctrine of the democrats
The socialist concept of liberty
Socialists fear all liberty
The superman idea
The socialists reject free choice
The cause of French revolutions
The enormous power of government
Politics and economics
Proper legislative functions
Law and charity are not the same
The high road to communism
The basis for stable government
Justice means equal rights
The path to dignity and progress
Proof of an idea
The desire to rule over others
Let us now try liberty
Includes index