John Quayle blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET
Mon Aug 28 17:21:41 MDT 2006

         Frederic Bastiat - unlike 99% of his countrymen then and 
since - was a genius!

John Q.

At 11:17 PM 8/20/2006, Carl Spitzer wrote:
>"Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Thus the
>beneficiaries are spared the shame and danger that their acts would
>otherwise involve... But how is this legal plunder to be identified?
>Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to
>them and gives it to the other persons to whom it doesn't belong.
>See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing
>what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime. Then
>abolish that law without delay ... No legal plunder; this is the
>principle of justice, peace, order, stability, harmony and logic."
>-- Frederic Bastiat
>(1801-1850) French economist, statesman, and author. He did most of his
>writing during the years just before -- and immediately following -- the
>French Revolution of February 1848.
>June 1850
>Source: The Law, by Frederic Bastiat, 1850
>"The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as
>sacred as the law of God, and that there is not a force of law and
>public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence."
>-- John Adams
>(1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President
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