Wednesday, February 15, 2012

How is it I'd never heard of Frederic Bastiat?

Sometimes people attribute quotations falsely to historical figures to try to give them extra weight. I didn't authenticate these because they stand on their own merits. Mickey Mouse might have said them and their inherent truthfulness would lend them all the authority they need.

Attributed to Frederic Bastiat:
When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.

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 one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.

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