Frédéric Bastiat

There is perhaps no writer better at articulating the economic way of thinking and exposing the myths that plague political debate than the Frenchman Frédéric Bastiat. During his short life (1801-1850), Bastiat wrote such classics as “The Law” and “What is Seen and What Is Not Seen” He possessed a remarkable ability to pierce the sophistry of protectionism, socialism, and other ideologies of big government. And Bastiat did this with astounding clarity and wit.


Tariffs and Reciprocity

by Frédéric Bastiat on Mar 1, 1978

The mythical villages of Stulta and Puera explore the possibilities of free competition and trade.


A Negative Railroad

by Frédéric Bastiat in 1845

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


The Tax Collector

by Frédéric Bastiat in 1848

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.