Bastiat's Thinking Still Resonates

On May 10, Director Robin Crossan gave the Conservative Caucus spring talk at the Brandywine Hundred Library. His subject was The Law by Federic Bastiat (1801-1850), which was published as a pamphlet shortly before Bastiat’s death. This work has enjoyed continuing interest, and is posted on line nowadays. An economist of the French liberal (in the classic sense) persuasion, Bastiat was a staunch foe of the socialist movement that fueled (in France and other European countries) the Revolution of 1848. Government’s proper role was to maintain order, in his view, not to run the economy and determine how wealth should be distributed. One famous example of Basti

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