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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,953 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frédéric Bastiat Narrator: Bernard Mayes Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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First published as a pamphlet in June 1850, The Law is already well over 150 years old, and it will still be read when another century has passed.

America now faces the same situation France did in 1848 and the same socialist-communist plans and ideas adopted there are now sweeping America—the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe notwithstanding. Bastiat’s explanation of and arguments against socialism are as valid today as they were when written, and his ideas deserve serious consideration.

“Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.”—Frédéric Bastiat

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Full of truths that are not merely relevant but are absolutely vital to our future.”

    Dick Armey, former majority leader, US House of Representatives

  • “No work before or since has made such a compelling case for freedom. Bastiat’s message will influence students of liberty for years to come.”

    Laissez Faire Books

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bob | 2/13/2014

    " Best single gale of libertarian rhetoric "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Deanna | 2/8/2014

    " This is one of my husband's favorite books. He was so excited when he saw that I was reading it. He's read it several times. I thought the ideas were profound and I enjoyed reading about them. However a good portion of this book was over my head. I haven't been a student of government and the principles of government as my husband as. It talked a lot about communism and socialism. This book was much different than I expected. This deserves a second read by me later when I'm not immersed in studying for a college history midterm and a reading Greek history 2,500 years old. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Anthony | 1/21/2014

    " How the state has perverted the law from an instrument to protect life, liberty, and property to an instrument of plunder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elaine Curry | 1/12/2014

    " I really felt enlightened by this book, but please, take that statement with a grain of salt. When it comes to law and government and politics, this chick is pretty unenlightened. Having said that, I believe this book holds much truth. There was a big chunk in the second half of the book that was over my head, but I put it back on my book shelf knowing a lot more than I did when I picked it up. I would recommend it. And I know I will read it again. It is a quick, easy read. "

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