As relevant today as when it was first published — and unfortunately, needed more than ever!
Originally produced as a pamphlet, this book is the most clear, concise and accurate definition of what ‘The Law’ is – and explains how it is perverted by looters to give their looting bogus sanction.
Originally written around the time of the French Revolution, it highlights how the socialist tyranny demeans, undermines and brings injustice down on citizens.
Many of these basic ideas from 1848 ripple through time and are repeated by many thinkers since Bastiat – his words even being echoed (whether deliberately or not) by Robert Peel when he founded the police force in the UK!
77 pages – probably the most important 77 pages you will ever read.
The Law is Frédéric Bastiat’s timeless defense of the free society. With his characteristically clear writing, Bastiat lays out the formula for the proper role of the state in a free society.
Nobel laureate F. A. Hayek called Bastiat a “publicist of genius.” The great economist Ludwig von Mises saluted Bastiat’s immortal contributions. Best-selling economics journalist Henry Hazlitt marveled at Bastiat’s uncanny clairvoyance. Intellectual historian Murray N. Rothbard said Bastiat was “indeed a lucid and superb writer, whose brilliant and witty essays and fables to this day are remarkable and devastating demolitions of protectionism and of all forms of government subsidy and control.”
This edition of The Law, translated into English by Dean Russell, is published by the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), and features a foreword by famed economist Walter Williams.