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The Law, by Bastiat
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"Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins.

"Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher."

--- Thomas Paine

Bastiat's The Law

Fredric Bastiat's "The Law" is a fundamental classic in the study of Liberty and free markets, and reading - or re-reading - its profound words are essential to understanding the freedom philosophy, in theory as well as in practice.

"The Law" speaks profoundly and presciently as well to the many very real challenges that continue to face us in a world that still remains, now as then, largely un-free.

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1 Introduction
2 The Translation
3 The Law
4 Life Is A Gift From God
5 What is Law?
6 A Just and Enduring Government
7 The Complete Perversion of the Law
8 A Fatal Tendency of Mankind
9 Property and Plunder
10 Victims of Lawful Plunder
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