Frdric Bastiat Quotes

When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.

Frdric Bastiat

If the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to permit people to be free, how is it that the tendencies of these organizers are always good? Do not the legislators and their appointed agents also belong to the human race? Or do they believe that they themselves are made of a finer clay than the rest of mankind?

Frdric Bastiat

Try to imagine a regulation 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. If you cannot reconcile these contradictions, then you must conclude that the law cannot organize labor and industry without organizing injustice.

Frdric Bastiat

Either fraternity is spontaneous, or it does not exist. To decree it is to annihilate it. The law can indeed force men to remain just; in vain would it would try to force them to be self-sacrificing.

Frdric Bastiat

Competition is merely the absence of oppression

Frdric Bastiat

The profit of the one is the profit of the other.

Frdric Bastiat

By virtue of exchange, one man's prosperity is beneficial to all others.

Frdric Bastiat

The State is the great fiction through which everyone endeavours to live at the expense of everyone else.

Frdric Bastiat

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