Frédéric Bastiat

Frédéric Bastiat

(1801 - 1850)
BIO

Claude Frédéric Bastiat (1801–1850) was a French classical liberal, political economist, and member of the French assembly.

Bastiat was the author of many works on economics and political economy, generally characterized by their clear organization, forceful argumentation, and acerbic wit. Economist Murray Rothbard wrote that “Bastiat was indeed a lucid and superb writer, whose brilliant and witty essays and fables to this day are remarkable and devastating demolitions of protectionism and of all forms of government subsidy and control. He was a truly scintillating advocate of an untrammeled free market.”

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FEATURED WORK
Economic Harmonies

Economic Harmonies

By Frédéric Bastiat

Harmony is the natural state of the free market

The Law

The Law

By Frédéric Bastiat

This essay asks fundamental questions that most people go through life never having thought about.

Economic Sophisms

Economic Sophisms

By Frédéric Bastiat

"My design in this little volume is to refute some of the arguments which are urged against the Freedom of Trade." ~ Frédéric Bastiat

Selected Essays on Political Economy

Selected Essays on Political Economy

By Frédéric Bastiat

"The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else." ~ Frédéric Bastiat

ALL PUBLICATIONS
  • Economic Harmonies
    Published in 2014
    What’s so great about Economic Freedom? Collectivists for years have said it leads to conflict between individuals. They look to the State to ease these…
  • The Law
    Published in 2014
    Bastiat’s The Law asks fundamental questions that most people go through life never having thought about. Most people accept the law as a given, a…
  • Economic Sophisms
    Published in
    The author writes: My design in this little volume is to refute some of the arguments which are urged against the Freedom of Trade. I…
  • Selected Essays on Political Economy
    Published in
    If there is one book that could change the way you see the world, this is it. Selected Essays on Political Economy brings Frédéric Bastiat’s…