Tag Archives: Frederic Bastiat

Spoiled Kids Acting Like 1%’ers

Found this while reading through Say Anything:

Some classics:

  • Hey, dude, that’s not cool!
  • It’s not fun to take people’s candy.
  • This is my candy.  I worked hard for it.
  • He stole my candy already!
  • You can’t split candy ’cause that’s not right.  That’s HIS candy.
  • I’m gonna call the police!

Notice that the kids felt that this was theft.  Taking something from them that they had earned was “not right.”

It’ll be years before these kids learn that when a monkey does it they can call the cops.  But when the government does it, the GOVERNMENT calls the cops.

These kids are learning what legal plunder looks and feels like.

Legal Plunder

I found a cute little video that describes some basic foundations of freedom and liberty.

The money quote, of  course, is Bastiat’s shown above:

When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.

I suspect that we’ve been here for awhile now.  But if you wanna check to  make sure that we’re still here, wait for someone to make the case that healthcare is a fundamental human right.  Or, even better, attack you as a cold blooded bastard for wanting a policy that would allow people to die in the street.

The same can be said for Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.

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.