Sunday, April 30, 2006

Frederic Bastiat

Frederic Bastiat was French. What happened? But then, looking at ourselves we can see it happening.
"Now since man is naturally inclined to avoid pain - and since labor is pain in itself - it follows that men will resort to plunder whenever plunder is easier than work. History shows this quite clearly. And under these conditions, neither religion nor morality can stop it."

Actually religion and morality are used to justify the plunder.
"The state is the great fiction by which everybody tries to live at the expense of everybody else."

Say it aint so joe, say it aint so.

I've heard the name Robin Hood used several times when talking about the "plunder". I guess they where trying to justify the "safety net" by comparing Robin Hood with the government's social programs. But didn't Robin Hood take the money from the Sheriff and Prince John (government)? Didn't the Sheriff and Prince John take (tax) that money from the workers (Midddle class)?

1 comment:

Ray said...

Bastiat said in the mid 19th Century that the only legal crimes that the United States had commited were slavery and tarrifs, where Europe had turned the pervertion of the law (legal plunder) into a system.
What would he say about the U.S. if he were alive today? A sad thought.