The Law

Posted: September 9th, 2007 by Militant Libertarian

It is not true that the legislator has an absolute power over our persons and our property since they pre-exist him, and his task is to surround them with guarantees.

It is not true that the function of the law is to regulate our consciences, our ideas, our wills, our education, our opinions, our work, our trade, our talents, our recreation.

Its function is to prevent the rights of one person from interfering with rights of another in any of these matters.

— Frédéric Bastiat, “The Law” [1850]

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