Frederic Bastiat quotes:
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- 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. permalink
The Law (1850)
- Everyone wants to live at the expense of the State. They forget that the State lives at the expense of everyone. permalink
- Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. permalink
- Often the masses are plundered and do not know it. permalink
- Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Sometimes the law places the whole apparatus of judges, police, prisons and gendarmes at the service of the plunderers, and treats the victim - when he defends himself - as a criminal. permalink
- They would be the shepherds over us, their sheep. Certainly such an arrangement presupposes that they are naturally superior to the rest of us. And certainly we are fully justified in demanding from the legislators and organizers proof of this natural superiority. permalink
- We cannot doubt that self-interest is the mainspring of human nature. It must be clearly understood that this word is used here to designate a universal, incontestable fact, resulting from the nature of man, and not an adverse judgment, as would be the word selfishness. permalink
- When goods do not cross borders, soldiers will. permalink
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