Frédéric Bastiat

A Quote by Frédéric Bastiat on government, state, and politics

The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else.

Frédéric Bastiat

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A Quote by Frederic Bastiat on government, control, fiction, definition, bastiat, freedom, and illusion

Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.

Frédéric Bastiat

Source: Government (http://www.mind-trek.com/treatise/fb-g.htm)

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A Quote by Frédéric Bastiat on society, justice, law, morality, and ethics

Legal plunder has two roots: One, as we have just seen, is in human selfishness; the other is in false philanthropy.

Frédéric Bastiat

Source: http://www.econlib.org/library/Bastiat/basEss2.html

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A Quote by Frédéric Bastiat on justice, law, freedom, and liberty

It is in the nature of men to react against the iniquity of which they are the victims. When, therefore, plunder is organized by the law for the profit of the classes who make it, all the plundered classes seek, by peaceful or revolutionary means, to enter into the making of the laws. These classes, according to the degree of enlightenment they have achieved, can propose two different ends to themselves when they thus seek to attain their political rights: either they may wish to bring legal plunder to an end, or they may aim at getting their share of it.

Frédéric Bastiat

Source: http://www.econlib.org/library/Bastiat/basEss2.html

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A Quote by Frédéric Bastiat on society, justice, law, morality, and ethics

No society can exist if respect for the law does not to some extent prevail; but the surest way to have the laws respected is to make them respectable. When law and morality are in contradiction, the citizen finds himself in the cruel dilemma of either losing his moral sense or of losing respect for the law, two evils of which one is as great as the other, and between which it is difficult to choose.

Frédéric Bastiat

Source: http://www.econlib.org/library/Bastiat/basEss2.html

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A Quote by Frédéric Bastiat on freedom, liberty, society, law, happiness, and peace

Try to imagine a system of labor imposed by force that is not a violation of liberty; a transfer of wealth imposed by force that is not a violation of property rights. If you cannot do so, then you must agree that the law cannot organize labor and industry without organizing injustice.

Frédéric Bastiat

Source: http://www.econlib.org/library/Bastiat/basEss2.html

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