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The Law

NOVEMBER 16, 2012 by FREDERIC BASTIAT

Frederic Bastiat's timeless defense of classical liberalism. With his characteristically clear writing, Bastiat points out the flawed reasoning in his colleagues' arguments for Socialism, while laying out the formula for the proper role of the state in a free society.

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The Law

SEPTEMBER 28, 2009 by FREDERIC BASTIAT

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What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen

SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 by FREDERIC BASTIAT

In economics, an act, a habit, an institution, or a law produces not only one effect, but a series of effects. Of these effects, the first alone is immediate; it appears simultaneously with its cause; it is seen. The other effects emerge afterward; they are not seen. Basiat argues that a good economist must look at both the seen and unseen consequences of an action. (18:11 minutes)

Unfair Competition with the Sun

SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 by FREDERIC BASTIAT

Politicians often argue that cheat imports are bad for the domestic economy. In this podcast, Bastiat argues that competition from free trade actually increases domestic employment and income levels. (7:44 minutes)

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