In this short excerpt from Economic Sophisms, Bastiat demonstrates the absurdity of supposed economic benefits from inefficiency.
Common Sense: On the Origin and Design of Government in General, with Concise Remarks on the English Constitution
Thomas Paine critiques and expounds upon ideas of government. Claiming it is but a “necessary evil” and distinguishing it from society at large.
In his first of several letters to the citizens of the United States, Thomas Paine calls into question the legitimacy of the Federalist Papers.
Alexander Hamilton explains the importance of the Senate’s “advise and consent” power, arguing for its necessity as a check on the executive branch.
Hume explores the nature of political society and argues that there is some basic utility to the state.
Anti-federalist Robert Yates (under the pseudonym Brutus) argues against the constitution, foreseeing many of the expansions of federal power that came to pass.
In this parable, Bastiat conceives a conversation between a wine maker and a tax collector. The wine maker comes to realize the folly of government spending.
Yates (writing under the pseudonym “Brutus”) argues that the constitutional power to raise an army and borrow money will lead to an expansion of state power.
In this excerpt from Economic Sophisms, Bastiat dispels the notion that policymakers should attempt to attain “high” or “low” prices.
Swiss-born thinker, politician, author, and activist Benjamin Constant defended freedom in France against the ancien regime, the Terror, and Napoleon.
In this satirical essay, Bastiat petitions on behalf of candle makers for the protection from foreign competition, the sun.
Albert Jay Nock, author, aesthete, and social critic, was an advocate of liberty in a collectivist age.
Daniel O’Connell was a lawyer, a peerless orator, and Ireland’s prominent political leader in the first half of the 19th century.
Agitator and pamphleteer par excellence, Thomas Paine was involved in both the American and French Revolutions.
Algernon Sidney was a 17th century English politician and philosopher who defied monarchism and was ultimately executed for his criticism of the English crown.
Friedrich A. Hayek was a Nobel Laureate economist. He contributed to our understanding of free market economies and free societies generally.
Edward Coke was a great English jurist, scholar, and reformer. He opposed absolute monarchy and promoted the common law.
The French satirist, agitator, writer, and politician Frédéric Bastiat was France’s foremost champion of liberty in the 19th century.