The Law, by Frederic Bastiat

http://bastiat.org/en/the_law.html

It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder.

What are the consequences of such a perversion? It would require volumes to describe them all. Thus we must content ourselves with pointing out the most striking.

In the first place, it erases from everyone’s conscience the distinction between justice and injustice.

No society can exist unless the laws are respected to a certain degree. The safest way to make laws respected is to make them respectable. When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law. These two evils are of equal consequence, and it would be difficult for a person to choose between them.

The nature of law is to maintain justice.

The Law, by Frederic Bastiat

I had never heard of this until Ron Paul brought it up. The Law, by Frederic Bastiat is presented on this website in its entirety. I have never read a more coherent though on the nature of the law. Read this pamphlet if you read nothing else this year!!! It isn’t terribly long but for those that want to really understand what the law is intended to do this is a must.

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