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 Frederic Bastiat - “Each of us has a natural right, from God, to defend his person, his liberty, and his property.”
 Frederic Bastiat - “When goods do not cross borders, soldiers will.”
 Frederic Bastiat - “Often the masses are plundered and do not know it.”
 Frederic Bastiat - “Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.”
 Frederic Bastiat - “Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else”
 Frederic Bastiat - “Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone.”
 Frederic Bastiat - “The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else.”
 Frederic Bastiat - “Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Sometimes the law places the whole apparatus of judges, police, prisons and gendarmes at the service of the plunderers, and treats the victim - when he defends himself - as a criminal.”
 Frederic Bastiat - “Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.”
 Claude Frédéric Bastiat - “It must be admitted that the tendency of the human race toward liberty is largely thwarted, especially in France. This is greatly due to a fatal desirelearned from the teachings of antiquitythat our writers on public affairs have in common They desire to set themselves above mankind in order to arrange, organize, and regulate it according to their fancy.”
 Claude Frédéric Bastiat - “If every person has the right to defend even by force his person, his liberty, and his property, then it follows that a group of men have the right to organize and support a common force to protect these rights constantly. Thus, since an individual cannot lawfully use force against the person, liberty, or property of another individual, then the common force for the same reason cannot lawfully be used to destroy the person, liberty, or property of individuals or groups.”
 Claude Frédéric Bastiat - “Each of us has a natural right from God to defend his person, his liberty, and his property.”
 Claude Frédéric Bastiat - “Actually, what is the political struggle that we witness It is the instinctive struggle of all people toward liberty. And what is this liberty, whose very name makes the heart beat faster and shakes the world Is it not the union of all liberties liberty of conscience, of education, of association, of the press, of travel, of labor, of trade In short, is not liberty the freedom of every person to make full use of his faculties, so long as he does not harm other persons while doing so Is not liberty the destruction of all despotismincluding, of course, legal despotism Finally, is not liberty the restricting of the law only to its rational sphere of organizing the right of the individual to lawful self-defense of punishing injustice”
 Claude Frédéric Bastiat - “If you wish to prosper, let your customer prosper. When people have learned this lesson, everyone will seek his individual welfare in the general welfare. Then jealousies between man and man, city and city, province and province, nation and nation, will no longer trouble the world.”
 Claude Frédéric Bastiat - “Now since man is naturally inclined to avoid pain and since labor is pain in itself it follows that men will resort to plunder whenever plunder is easier than work. History shows this quite clearly. And under these conditions, neither religion nor morality can stop it. When, then, does plunder stop It stops when it becomes more painful and more dangerous than labor. It is evident, then, that the proper purpose of law is to use the power of its collective force to stop this fatal tendency to plunder instead of to work. All the measures of the law should protect property and punish plunder.”
 Claude Frédéric Bastiat - “The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is, not to be skillfully attacked, but to be ineptly defended.”
 Claude Frédéric Bastiat - “The state is the great fiction by which everybody tries to live at the expense of everybody else.”
 Claude Frédéric Bastiat - “The mind never fully accepts any convictions that it does not owe to its own efforts.”
 Claude Frédéric Bastiat - “In war, the stronger overcomes the weaker. In business, the stronger imparts strength to the weaker.”
 Claude Frédéric Bastiat - “The sort of dependence that results from exchange, i.e., from commercial transactions, is a reciprocal dependence. We cannot be dependent upon a foreigner without his being dependent on us. Now, this is what constitutes the very essence of society. To sever natural interrelations is not to make oneself independent, but to isolate oneself completely.”
 Claude Frédéric Bastiat - “The plans differ the planners are all alike....”
 Claude Frédéric Bastiat - “When under the pretext of fraternity, the legal code imposes mutual sacrifices on the citizens, human nature is not thereby abrogated. Everyone will then direct his efforts toward contributing little to, and taking much from, the common fund of sacrifices. Now, is it the most unfortunate who gains from this struggle Certainly not, but rather the most influential and calculating.”
 Claude Frédéric Bastiat - “Law is justice. And it is under the law of justice under the reign of right under the influence of liberty, safety, stability, and responsibility that every person will attain his real worth and the true dignity of his being. It is only under this law of justice that mankind will achieve slowly, no doubt, but certainly Gods design for the orderly and peaceful progress of humanity.”
 Claude Frédéric Bastiat - “Law is justice. In this proposition a simple and enduring government can be conceived. And I defy anyone to say how even the thought of revolution, of insurrection, of the slightest uprising could arise against a government whose organized force was confined only to suppressing injustice.”
 Claude Frédéric Bastiat - “Since the law organizes justice, the socialists ask why the law should not also organize labor, education, and religion. Why should not law be used for these purposes Because it could not organize labor, education, and religion without destroying justice. We must remember that law is force, and that, consequently, the proper functions of the law cannot lawfully extend beyond the proper functions of force. When law and force keep a person within the bounds of justice, they impose nothing but a mere negation. They oblige him only to abstain from harming others. They violate neither his personality, his liberty, nor his property. They safeguard all of these. They are defensive they defend equally the rights of all.”

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