Publish Date: 1850
Digital version available: Yes
Link to Download: https://app.box.com/s/29izv3hwqdx236ifscd8
It is amazing to me how a book that is 160+ years old can seem like it was written only yesterday. It is a strong testament to the enduring quality of the ideas of Liberty that Bastiat put forth.
In "The Law" Bastiat makes a concise and strong case against Socialism, Communisim, and all other form's of tyranny that hide behind the Law and use it to advance their agendas.
Bastiat defines the Law as "the organization of the natural right of lawful defense. It is the substitution of a common force for individual forces. And this common force is to do only what the individual forces have a natural and lawful right to do: to protect persons, liberties, and properties; to maintain the right of each, and to cause justice to reign over us all." That is only one of many quotable passages in the book so break out your highlighter!
I believe the arguments made in "The Law" are foundational for all liberty lovers to know and understand. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to make a case against the liberal/socialist mindset in our nation that believes it can use the force of law to proactively do good.
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