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A Negative Railroad

by Frédéric Bastiat in 1845 C.E.

In this short excerpt from Economic Sophisms, Bastiat demonstrates the absurdity of supposed economic benefits from inefficiency.

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The Federalist No. 76

by Alexander Hamilton in 1788 C.E.

Alexander Hamilton explains the importance of the Senate’s “advise and consent” power, arguing for its necessity as a check on the executive branch.

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Of Political Society

by David Hume in 1748 C.E.

Hume explores the nature of political society and argues that there is some basic utility to the state.

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Brutus’ Anti-Federalist No. 1

by Robert Yates in 1787 C.E.

Anti-federalist Robert Yates (under the pseudonym Brutus) argues against the constitution, foreseeing many of the expansions of federal power that came to pass.

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The Tax Collector

by Frédéric Bastiat in 1848 C.E.

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.

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Brutus’ Anti-Federalist No. 8

by Robert Yates in 1788 C.E.

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.

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High Prices and Low Prices

by Frédéric Bastiat in 1845 C.E.

In this excerpt from Economic Sophisms, Bastiat dispels the notion that policymakers should attempt to attain “high” or “low” prices.

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The Sanctity of Private Life: Benjamin Constant

by Jim Powell on Jul 4, 2000

Swiss-born thinker, politician, author, and activist Benjamin Constant defended freedom in France against the ancien regime, the Terror, and Napoleon.

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The Candle Makers’ Petition

by Frédéric Bastiat in 1845 C.E.

In this satirical essay, Bastiat petitions on behalf of candle makers for the protection from foreign competition, the sun.

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An Independent Judiciary: Edward Coke

by Jim Powell on Jul 4, 2000

Edward Coke was a great English jurist, scholar, and reformer. He opposed absolute monarchy and promoted the common law.

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Freedom From Plunder: Frédéric Bastiat

by Jim Powell on Jul 4, 2000

The French satirist, agitator, writer, and politician Frédéric Bastiat was France’s foremost champion of liberty in the 19th century.