Thursday, February 03, 2005

Let Us Now Try Liberty

Here's one of my favorite Bastiat quotes. (If you haven't read The Law, do, oh do!)

God has given to men all that is necessary for them to accomplish their destinies. He has provided a social form as well as a human form. And these social organs of persons are so constituted that they will develop themselves harmoniously in the clean air of liberty. Away, then, with quacks and organizers! Away with their rings, chains, hooks, and pincers! Away with their artificial systems! Away with the whims of governmental administrators, their socialized projects, their centralization, their tariffs, their government schools, their state religions, their free credit, their bank monopolies, their regulations, their restrictions, their equalization by taxation, and their pious moralizations!

And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works.


At 6:08 PM, Blogger Justine said...

I love "The Law" by Bastiat (got one for free at a FEE event in 2002)! It is so simple and witty and elegant and understandable. I love the ways he starts the sections of "The Law and Charity," "The Law and Education" and "The Law and Morals." I cannot count the times my husband and I have turned to each other after hearing some politico's mushy-headed wealth-redistribution suggestions and said, "The law is not a breast that fills itself with milk!" Bastiat ROCKS!! Thanks for putting him in the public light.


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