“But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply.

“See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong.

“See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.”

Frederic Bastiat

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

David Hart discusses Frederic Bastiat

Dr David Hart discusses Frederic Bastiat

For the enlightenment, advancement, and inspiration of its members


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A recently filmed talk by

Dr David Hart

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The Life & Work of Frederic Bastiat

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Date: Monday November 07, 2011

Venue: Home of Prodos & Barboo, 153 Lennox Street, Richmond.

Food: Wholesome, healthy meals – only $12 each – served from 6.30 until 7.15 PM

7.30 PM start: Commencement of Film + Chaired discussion.

Who: Only registered PRODOS Film Study Group members and guests of members allowed. You can apply to join on the night. To join you need to agree with our purpose and pay the $2 annual fee.

Policy: Leaving straight after a film and therefore skipping the discussion goes against one of the conditions upon which our permission to screen these films is based.

9.30 PM end: Meeting concludes

Cost: No charge. But if you’d like to make a personal donation to Prodos that’s greatly appreciated. Thanks.


About Dr David Hart

… Director of Liberty Fund’s Online Library of Liberty Project.

He has degrees in history from Stanford University and King’s College, Cambridge and taught for 15 years in the Department of History at the University of Adelaide before joining Liberty Fund.

Australian academic, Dr David Hart, is a Bastiat scholar of renown.

In this talk he shares some of Frederic Bastiat’s most intriguing letters; the people, the countries, and the ideas that influenced him; his life as a French politician during The French Revolutions of 1830 and of 1848; his brilliance as a writer and journalist; and his free market activism.

Quotes from the writings of Frederic Bastiat

“The State is the great fiction through which everyone endeavours to live at the expense of everyone else.”

“By virtue of exchange, one man’s prosperity is beneficial to all others.”

“The profit of the one is the profit of the other.”

“Competition is merely the absence of oppression”

“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.”

“Try to imagine a regulation of labor imposed by force that is not a violation of liberty; a transfer of wealth imposed by force that is not a violation of property. If you cannot reconcile these contradictions, then you must conclude that the law cannot organize labor and industry without organizing injustice.”

“Here I encounter the most popular fallacy of our times. It is not considered sufficient that the law should be just; it must be philanthropic.”

David Hart discusses Frederic Bastiat


PS: A personal thanks to Christopher Steele of Adelaide.

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