Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Bastiat's The Law

I am reading it on Kindle.  It is a bit wordy (19th century hammering the point home), but can be boiled down to "The elitists think the masses are too stupid to run their own lives.   The elite are enlightened and virtuous!"

1 comment:

  1. One of my all time favorite quotes is from 'The Law'.

    "Men naturally rebel against the injustice of which they are victims. Thus, when plunder is organized by law for the profit of those who make the law, all the plundered classes try somehow to enter — by peaceful or revolutionary means — into the making of laws. According to their degree of enlightenment, these plundered classes may propose one of two entirely different purposes when they attempt to attain political power: Either they may wish to stop lawful plunder, or they may wish to share in it.

    Woe to the nation when this latter purpose prevails among the mass victims of lawful plunder when they, in turn, seize the power to make laws!"

    I think this pretty much describes what is going on in Washington these days.