French political libertarian and economist CLAUDE FREDERIC BASTIAT (1801-1850) was one of the most eloquent champions of the concept that property rights and individual freedoms flowed from natural law. Here, in this 1850 classic, a powerful refutation of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto, published two years earlier, Bastiat discusses: . what is law? why socialism constitutes legal plunder, the proper function of the law, the law and morality, “the vicious circle of socialism” the basis for stable government and more.
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