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The Utter Fallacy of "The Superman Idea" Debunked - Or How to Shut Any Statist Up, Within Seconds

I have always considered this specific point as having the purest essence of Bastiat's thought on the law and liberty.

I also believe we will never emphasize enough how important it is to our cause for defending and protecting fiercely the value we put in the Golden Rule with liberty, for peace, justice, and prosperity.

Thus, I eventually felt this would deserve a post of its own.

Hence this refresher about the indefensible...

The Superman Idea - debunked by Frederic Bastiat :



Feel free to challenge any statist with this, any time.

That'll hopefully help them think twice next time they'd go to advocate their use of their arbitrary morality and force against the People - or against ANY People, for that matter.

For liberty.

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awesome, thanks

Bastiat is the man. Everyone should read The Law.

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

/pffff This question? What question...

It's a loaded question that presupposes anybody who answers is a statist, and that they don't want you to be free.

"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?"

They aren't "always good", but it sure is fun listening to covetous people try and pretend they're serving justice isn't it? It's enough to make a Libertarian salivate.

What are YOU suggesting, we allow them to operate behind closed doors and freely use collective force? Anarchy? Is Anarchy your solution in world a filled with people begging for what injustice offers?

If you want liberty, you'll have to serve justice, and if you won't serve justice, you're worthless to liberty and for the same reason those organizers aren't "always good"; because the world is filled with covetous people.

Giving up isn't winning. It's nihilism.

You should want people to be free and to have their liberty, and if you know what threatens it, you'll win the debate and serve justice.



Except the statist may argue that

They don't believe in the power of themselves and instead want to put a system in place accountable to the people and with no individuals wielding too much power. That is what they will argue at least. Bastiat is awesome though

but if people are inherently bad

won't they abuse the system? If they aren't inherently bad, then why do we need the system?

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

To Which You Might Retort...

Ah yes... despite centuries of historical evidence to the contrary, if we could only get the RIGHT tyrant in charge this time, the State might finally become a benevolent, all-powerful force for good.


Bastiat was a rhetorical master who stopped just short of grasping the big picture becasue he himself was a member of parliament.

Yes, but

his intellectual heir, Molinari, did! Molinari was the first anarcho-capitalist.

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

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Indeed, he was, and most of his contemporary fellows ignored him

Indeed, he was, and most of his contemporary fellows chose to ignore his logic, while I don't think we have any excuse any longer to do the same. We can just look out of our windows.

Check this one out, too, quite entertaining:

Petition from the manufacturers of candles, lanterns... and generally of everything connected with lighting


"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Yeah, great stuff

I've read just about everything of his I could find.

I suspect that the mercantilists of the time murdered him, sent over some TB-carrying "laundry woman" or something. Maybe, though, it's just because I have a soft spot for him and his exceptional writing.