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Frédéric Bastiat (1801-1850) was a leader of the free-trade movement in France and a member of the French legislature. His most famous essay is "The Law."

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What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen

Have you ever heard anyone say: "Taxes are the best investment; they are a life-giving dew. See how many families they keep alive, and follow in imagination their ...

Restriction and Free Trade

Two opposite doctrines oppose each other: The one, which is dominant in legislation and opinions, sees the way of progress in the surplus of sales over purchases, of exports over imports — in a word, ...

Freedom in Transactions

On entering Paris, which I had come to visit, I said to myself — Here are a million of human beings who would all die in a short time if provisions of every ...