Good morning dear readers. I was having a conversation with another individual and was throwing around the idea of a multiple part series given out once a week. The other person thought that would be a brilliant idea since this is stuff I know about. So I thought what could I use to fill this space, be something I really know about, and be something you could find relevant. I mean let us face it. If I were to launch a multiple part series on the major and minor varieties of some coin that I was interested in researching I would lose most, if not all of you very quickly. I get that, my hobby isn’t for everyone. However, I think I may have found something that will fit into that niche. His name is Frederic Bastiat and he wrote The Law. But first a bit about Bastiat.
Frederic Bastiat was born a Frenchman in 1801 and he passed on in 1850 just two years after the revolution of 1848. During his life he was a classic liberal theorist, just like we are, an economist, and a political figure, a member of the French Assembly. He was also a political author, writing about political theory. His most famous work is arguably The Law, published in 1850 mere months before his death. He was aware that he was dying of tuberculosis while he was penning The Law. The Law isn’t even a book, it is a pamphlet. At a mere 50 pages in length it is a treatise on how the law facilitates a free society. Interestingly enough Bastiat was influenced by John Locke’s Second Treatise on Government while writing The Law. What you might not know is that work by Locke, published anonymously in 1689 was the basis for the rationale the colonists used to throw off the yoke of British oppression during the Revolutionary period in the colonies, which would very neatly tie The Law into our own system and make it relevant. Add to that the fact that Bastiat in turn influenced Henry Hazlitt’s Economics in One Lesson and you have the makings of a very, very important work by Bastiat that often gets overlooked because of its miniscule length when studying the classic authors.
Now, I know that the pamphlet is written by a Frenchman during a transitive time in the United States own history, but that doesn’t mean The Law isn’t relevant to us. The Law as it turns out is more relevant than it ever has been and describes the way in which our own country is devolving. I want to break it down, chapter by chapter for you and analyze it to make it better understood just how it applies and what is happening in our country and how a little pamphlet relates to that. We will start with just the introduction this week as I do not want to end up writing three thousand word essays that you will take one look at and say, TL;DR. I got that one from my kid, and by that I mean one of my infant co-workers. Where do they come up with that anyways? Oh, back on topic. Here for your pleasure, analysis is the beginning of the Law.
The law perverted! And the police powers of the state perverted along with it! The law, I say, not only turned from its proper purpose but made to follow an entirely contrary purpose! The law become the weapon of every kind of greed! Instead of checking crime, the law itself guilty of the evils it is supposed to punish!
If this is true, it is a serious fact, and moral duty requires me to call the attention of my fellow-citizens to it.