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Essays on Political Economy

Frederic Bastiat

1. 01 - Capital and Interest Part 1
2. 02 - Capital and Interest Part 2
3. 03 - Capital and Interest Part 3
4. 04 - That Which Is Seen, and That Which Is Not Seen Part 1
5. 05 - That Which Is Seen, and That Which Is Not Seen Part 2
6. 06 - That Which Is Seen, and That Which Is Not Seen Part 3
7. 07 - That Which Is Seen, and That Which Is Not Seen Part 4
8. 08 - Government
9. 09 - What Is Money?
10. 10 - The Law Part 1
11. 11 - The Law Part 2
12. 12 - The Law Part 3

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Bastiat asserted that the only purpose of government is to defend the right of an individual to life, liberty, and property. From this definition, Bastiat concluded that the law cannot defend life, liberty and property if it promotes socialist policies inherently opposed to these very things. In this way, he says, the law is perverted and turned against the thing it is supposed to defend.