Wednesday, October 07, 2009

I Think I Like this Frédéric Bastiat Guy

"Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else." — Frédéric Bastiat (1801-1850)
That one is great. Short, and simple.

But he really pegged it here:
"Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain."Frédéric Bastiat (The Law)

You know, now that I see the name of that book, I remember I downloaded it in MP3 format a few weeks ago for free from somewhere.

I definitely need to listen to it.

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