Liberty vs. Leviathan

Chronicling Liberty's battle against Leviathan

Frédéric Bastiat

Bastiat repeatedly emphasized that his audience was the public; the common man; the consumer. His essays were written in such a way as to engage someone too busy to read. He knew that the battle was for the mind of the common man, daily pulled and swayed in many directions.  Today, the distractions and diversions have multiplied beyond the imagination of nineteenth century France. With the pull and sway of Röpke’s mass society, the consumer of the twenty-first century has even less inclination to steal minutes from the day to educate himself. Plus, the fallacies fought by Bastiat are today even more abundant as they are broadcast incessantly from television, radio and other media outlets.  The combination of constant bombardment and lack of time for reflection and meditation leaves the mass man more vulnerable than ever to the cunning and deceit of the producers’ sophistry. So that even today the “…world is not sufficiently aware of the influence that sophistry exerts over it.”  Look to Bastiat to sharpen your awareness.

Bastiat’s Work

Foundation for Economic Education

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Library of Economics and Liberty

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Ludwig von Mises Institute

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Others’ Work

David M. Hart

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Foundation for Economic Education

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Library of Economics and Liberty

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Ludwig von Mises Institute

5 Responses

  1. […] 1850 Frédéric Bastiat wrote The Law to warn of the detrimental effects of perverting the law and using it to plunder your […]

  2. […] Frédéric Bastiat wrote a lifetime of work during the last few years of his too short life.  He’s probably most well known for “The Broken Window” chapter of  What is Seen and What Is Not Seen, an essay in which he explains and demonstrates the overlooked moral hazards that occur when economic policy is based on economic fallacy. […]

  3. […] last, but by no means least, in The Law (L.27-L.30) Bastiat sounds a warning of suffering to those who fail to oppose the evil of plunder inherent in a […]

  4. […] and again Bastiat spoke out against tariffs and subsidies, reminding the public of a third, unseen person – the […]

  5. […] Williams said about Bastiat, “created order in my thinking about liberty”.  Reading Bastiat‘s The Law brought even more […]

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