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Bastiat argues in it that a government consists only of the people within or authorizing it, therefore it has no legitimate powers la loi bastiat those that people would individually have: As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all.

We disapprove of state education.

Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion.

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Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. La loi bastiat object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality.

And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.

A citizen cannot simultaneously be free and not free. You have stopped at freedom, I have reached fraternity. It is impossible for me to conceive of a fraternity that is coerced by law without freedom being destroyed by law, and justice trampled underfoot by law.

Before going la loi bastiat further, I think I have to explain what I mean by the word plunder. I do not take it to mean, as is only too often the case, something that is vague, undetermined, approximate, or metaphorical; I am using it in its properly scientific meaning, and as expressing the opposite idea to that of la loi bastiat right to property.

It is unfortunate that this word has offensive overtones.

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For this reason, whether you believe it or not, I declare that I la loi bastiat not intend to question la loi bastiat the intentions or the morality of anyone whomsoever.

I am attacking an idea that I consider to be false and a practice that appears to me to be unjust, and all this is so far beyond our intentions that each of us takes advantage of it unwittingly and suffers from it unknowingly.

One would have to write under the influence of party spirit or out of fear, to cast doubt on the sincerity of those who defend protectionism, socialism, or even communism which are only one and the same plant at three different stages of its development.

From this it follows that of the three systems socialism is still the most vague, indecisive, la loi bastiat consequently the most sincere. Be that as it may, agreeing that legal plunder has one of its roots in false philanthropy is obviously to exonerate its intentions.

This being understood, let us examine the value, the origin, and the end result of this popular la loi bastiat which wants to achieve the general good by means of general plunder.

Socialists tell us, "Since the law organizes justice, why should it not also organize labor, education, or religion? Because it could not organize labor, education, or religion without disorganizing justice. la loi bastiat


Note therefore that law is la loi bastiat use of force, and that consequently the domain of the law cannot legitimately exceed the legitimate domain of the use of force.

When the law and the use of force hold a man in accordance with justice, they impose on him nothing other than pure negation.

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They impose only an abstention from causing harm. They do not interfere with his la loi bastiat, his freedom, or his property. All they do is safeguard the person, freedom, and property of others.