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Frederic Bastiat – The Law

My Prima Prima Ballerina will turn 10 soon.  Today my gift to her arrived in the mail:

Frederic Bastiat’s book, The Law.

She may grow up one day and be as liberal as liberal can be.  But she won’t be ignorant.

The Law

100 days left until my daughter will get her copy of “The Law” by Frederic Bastiat

Existence, faculties, assimilation—in other words, personality, liberty, property—this is man.

It is of these three things that it may be said, apart from all demagogic subtlety, that they are anterior and superior to all human legislation.

It is not because men have made laws, that personality, liberty, and property exist. On the contrary, it is because personality, liberty, and property exist beforehand, that men make laws. What, then, is law? As I have said elsewhere, it is the collective organization of the individual right to lawful defense.

Nature, or rather God, has bestowed upon every one of us the right to defend his person, his liberty, and his property, since these are the three constituent or preserving elements of life; elements, each of which is rendered complete by the others, and that cannot be understood without them. For what are our faculties, but the extension of our personality? and what is property, but an extension of our faculties?

If every man has the right of defending, even by force, his person, his liberty, and his property, a number of men have the right to combine together to extend, to organize a common force to provide regularly for this defense.

This then, is the proper role of government.  There is no right to life at the expense of another man’s labor.

From the Mouths of Babes

I was having lunch with my daughter the other day; a special treat for me.  She is 9 and her time is full.  If not school, then dance or friends.  The peaceful time of daughter and father is rare and precious.

I asked the waiter for the check.  And then she said something that hit me like a truck.  Gave me chills to the very core of my being:

Daddy, why do we have to pay for food?  We need it to live!  It should be free!

In my own HOME!

Suffice it to say that a copy of “The Law” will be given to her for her 10th birthday.