Frederic Bastiat's "The Law" - Let Us Now Try LIBERTYSubmitted by Cyril on Sun, 09/16/2012 - 23:37
Frederic Bastiat's "The Law" read aloud, in English :
Full written English text :
"The law perverted !
And the police powers of the state perverted along with it ! The law, I say, not only turned from its proper purpose but made to follow an entirely contrary purpose ! The law become the weapon of every kind of greed ! Instead of checking crime, the law itself guilty of the evils it is supposed to punish !
If this is true, it is a serious fact, and moral duty requires me to call the attention of my fellow-citizens to it.[...]
The Complete Perversion of the Law
But, unfortunately, law by no means confines itself to its proper functions. And when it has exceeded its proper functions, it has not done so merely in some inconsequential and debatable matters. The law has gone further than this; it has acted in direct opposition to its own purpose. The law has been used to destroy its own objective: It has been applied to annihilating the justice that it was supposed to maintain; to limiting and destroying rights which its real purpose was to respect. The law has placed the collective force at the disposal of the unscrupulous who wish, without risk, to exploit the person, liberty, and property of others. It has converted plunder into a right, in order to protect plunder. And it has converted lawful defense into a crime, in order to punish lawful defense.
How has this perversion of the law been accomplished ? And what have been the results ?
The law has been perverted by the influence of two entirely different causes: stupid greed and false philanthropy. Let us speak of the first.[...]
Let Us Now Try Liberty
God has given to men all that is necessary for them to accomplish their destinies. He has provided a social form as well as a human form. And these social organs of persons are so constituted that they will develop themselves harmoniously in the clean air of liberty. Away, then, with quacks and organizers ! A way with their rings, chains, hooks, and pincers ! Away with their artificial systems ! Away with the whims of governmental administrators, their socialized projects, their centralization, their tariffs, their government schools, their state religions, their free credit, their bank monopolies, their regulations, their restrictions, their equalization by taxation, and their pious moralizations !
And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works."