The Law (French: La Loi) by Frédéric Bastiat was published in 1850. It was written in Mugron two years following the third French Revolution and just before his death at age 49 from illness. The article was influenced by Henry Hazlitt’s Economics in One Lesson, which in turn was influenced by John Locke’s Second Treatise on Government.
Frederic Bastiat first published The Law in 1850 as a booklet (1801-1850). Most of Bastiat’s writing was produced in the few years leading up to and following the French Revolution of 1848. His principles remain relevant today and The Law is regarded as a masterpiece.
In 1850, the article was published in French. With a reliable translation provided by British economist Patrick James Stirling, this essay was published in English as a chapter in Essays on Political Economy (G.P. Putnam’s & Sons, 1874).
This short book, which has just 55 pages, serves as more proof that certain things never change. There is nothing new under the sun, King Solomon said centuries ago. However, other passages illustrate why it is unwise to trust leaders who are self-serving and greedy.
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Get this PDF e-Book, which was written by Bastiat in 1848 as a reaction to French socialism. Despite being more of an extended essay than a book, it is one of the most insightful books ever written. Bastiat summarises the fundamental ideas of libertarianism in fewer than 100 pages and makes a convincing argument for the importance of the law.
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