The Law was originally published as a pamphlet in French in 1850 by Frederic Bastiat. It is his most famous work and was written two years after the third French Revolution of 1848. It defines, through development, a just system of laws and then demonstrates how such law facilitates a free society. Bastiat was a French classical liberal theorist, political economist, and member of the French assembly. He was notable for developing the important economic concept of opportunity cost. He was the author of many works on economics and political economy, generally characterized by their clear organization, forceful argumentation, and acerbic wit.
Born in Bayonne, Aquitaine, France, Bastiat was orphaned at nine and became a ward of his paternal grandparents. At 17, he left school to work in his family's export business. Economist Thomas DiLorenzo suggests that this experience was crucial to Bastiat's later work since it allowed young Frédéric to acquire first-hand knowledge of how regulation can affect markets. When Bastiat was 25, his grandfather died, leaving the young man the family estate, thereby providing him with the means to further his theoretical inquiries. After the middle-class Revolution of 1830, Bastiat became politically active and was elected justice of the peace in 1831 and to the Council General in 1832. He was elected to the national legislative assembly after the French Revolution of 1848. His public career as an economist began in 1844 and was cut short by his untimely death in 1850.
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It is exciting to know that his ideas were part of a Political movement that gave birth to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Every word he writes if applicable to today's issues.
He explains the principles of Liberty and how a society can deteriorate into tyranny without following these principles.
Power house of information under 2 hours. Get a wealth of information about Libertarian Principles in under 2 hours. The Constitution and the Bill of rights is a Libertarian manifesto and this book puts the pieces together.
Bastiat surely was one of the best classical liberal philosophers in western history. "The Law" is a piece that will surely be remembered by freedom lovers for many, many years to come.
The only downside to this audiobook is nasally whine in Synnestvedt's voice. It was, at times, difficult to listen to.
Overall, 3 3/4 out of 5
Probably would not read another book by Bastiat, definitly will not listen to another book by Erik.
The narrator placed strange inflections at odd points during his reading.
What are the purposes of the law and what are its limits? These are the questions Bastiat raises, and his answers written in 1850 are as relevant as if they'd been written in 2012. I won't attempt to summarize his theories, except to say whether you're Republican or Democrat, your problem is less what laws you want to enact than whether they'll work if you manage to get your way.
The audio version is only slightly marred by the fact that the reader seems to have a speech impediment. Bastiat frequently uses the word "plunder" to describe misuse of the law, and in the audio version it sounds like "plunderer." Same with other words that end in "r." I even bought the print version just to see what he was saying.
This book is a highly effective innoculation against socialism -- the red pill for economics and politics. Don't read it unless you are willing to have your current beliefs shattered!
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