Bastiat's The Law: Book Every American Should Read.
"If you love life, love liberty, love freedom, love your property, and love your pursuit of happiness or just know that something is wrong with this country and the world right now, then as Dr. Paul suggests, this is the book everybody needs to read. "
"Share it with others, so that others can wake up. The only way the country will change and regain sanity once more is if more people understand what is wrong with our Government in the first place."
“Then you will see the rise of the men of the double standard–the men who live by force, yet count on those who live by trade to create the value of their looted money–the men who are the hitchhikers of virtue. In a moral society, these are the criminals, and the statutes are written to protect you against them. But when a society establishes criminals-by-right and looters-by-law–men who use force to seize the wealth of disarmed victims–then money becomes its creators’ avenger."
"Such looters believe it safe to rob defenseless men, once they’ve passed a law to disarm them. But their loot becomes the magnet for other looters, who get it from them as they got it. Then the race goes, not to the ablest at production, but to those most ruthless at brutality. When force is the standard, the murderer wins over the pickpocket. And then that society vanishes, in a spread of ruins and slaughter."
Francisco D'Aconia Money Speech from Atlas Shrugged By Any Rand
December 3, 2011 Huckabee Forum
As this election season continues, not many realize that the most important moment of this election season has already taken place. It wasn’t some big news headline of Obama supporting Gay Marriage, or Mitt Romney bullying somebody when he was a child.
Nope, it took place on a Saturday night on the first weekend of December. Earlier that day Herman Cain had dropped out of the race. This though wasn’t the most important moment that everybody missed.
That night Mike Huckabee was holding a Presidential Nomination Forum on his show that had five of the remaining candidates. This is when the most important moment took place that everybody missed.
What you say, how can everybody have missed this most important moment? This moment took place at the end of the first hour and it was a simple question posed by Pam Bondi the Attorney General of Florida to Ron Paul.
This question was if you could suggest one book that every American should read what would it be?
Ron Paul’s answer was a simple one, yet it was probably the most correct one as well. The book he suggested everybody should read is called The Law (Link to Actual Book) by Frédéric Bastiat.
Why was this the most important moment that most everybody missed? Simply put because this is the one book that every American should read as Ron Paul stated. It is the one book that once it is finished you will understand what has gone terribly wrong with this country and why there is now a great divide as well.
The entire book's theme is about the perversion of the Law and the perversion of the role of Government. Bastiat identifies two key areas in which the perversion of the law and role of Government takes place.
It is when the Government assumes the Role of Plunderer to Become Philanthroper and then the Law is not written to protect individual rights, but instead to seize wealth, plunder, and then play the role of philanthroper, through wealth redistribution.
The law then gets perverted as it begins to corrupt the men in power who write the law because they are after their own gain through this role of plunderer and philanthroper. They no longer care about individual rights, but who they can take from and who they can then promise this stolen money too.
It is also with in this one role that it is quite easy to understand the divide with in the nation and the different mind sets of Liberals Vs Conservative.
A Country Can't Survive as Half Property and Half Loot
“ Money is so noble a medium that it does not compete with guns and it does not make terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot." ~Fransisco D'Aconia
The Money Speech from Atlas Shrugged
The Conservative and Liberal Views on the Role Of Government and Law
Basically, it is quite simple to understand the two opposing views and divide that has taken place in this country. Most Conservatives view the proper role of Government being that of protector of individual rights allowing the individual then to provide for his life through this means of protection.
The Liberal and opposing view is that the role of government should be the protector of individuals from themselves by being the provider. This can only be achieved though through the role of Plunderer and then assuming the role Philanthroper.
This then crushes the ideas of individual rights because the only way to achieve this role is to strip others of their individual rights.
As Bastiat puts it:
Man can only derive life and enjoyment from a perpetual search and appropriation; that is, from a perpetual application of his faculties to objects, or from labor. This is the origin of property.
But also he may live and enjoy, by seizing and appropriating the productions of the faculties of his fellow men. This is the origin of plunder.
Now, labor being in itself a pain, and man being naturally inclined to avoid pain, it follows, and history proves it, that wherever plunder is less burdensome than labor, it prevails; and neither religion nor morality can, in this case, prevent it from prevailing.When does plunder cease, then? When it becomes more burdensome and more dangerous than labor. (The Law pg. 5)
Thus, this is what the law is to provide and is supposed to stop while being the role of protector, to make it more dangerous and burdensome to plunder than to work, not the other way around. The law isn't meant to alleviate suffering and burden from life through the plundering of others and then acting as philanthroper.
Individuals in their own roles as philanthroper can help with these matters, not the Government. As a matter of fact it would be easier for each man to play the role of philantrhoper to other men if the Government didn’t seize his wealth first in its on going failed attempt to assume such a role, perhaps there would actually be less need for philanthropy to actually take place if such were the case.
What Happens When Government Assumes the Perverted Role
Bastiat covers in glaring detail what happens eventually when the Government assumes this perverted role:
Thus, there is not a grievance in the nation for which the Government does not voluntarily make itself responsible. Is it any wonder that every failure threatens to cause a revolution? And what is the remedy proposed?
To extend indefinitely the dominion of the law, i.e., the responsibility of Government. But if the Government undertakes to raise and to regulate wages, and is not able to do it; if it undertakes to assist all those who are in want, and is not able to do it; if it undertakes to provide work for every laborer, and is not able to do it; if it undertakes to offer to all who wish to borrow, easy credit, and is not able to do it; if, in words that we regret should have escaped the pen of Mr. de Lamartine, “the State considers that its mission is to enlighten, to develop, to enlarge, to strengthen, to spiritualize, and to sanctify the soul of the people”—if it fails in this, is it not obvious that after every disappointment, which, alas! is more than probable, there will be a no less inevitable revolution? (The Law pg. 47-48)
All one needs to do to see this in action is to look at Greece and France currently and the turmoil there as the citizens there are rising up due to failed promises through this perverted role of the Law and Government. It is also the perversion of thought that has taken place in peoples minds in that plunder is more beneficial than labor.
Yet, on the very same page Bastiat states the following:
It is not true that the mission of the law is to regulate our consciences, our ideas, our will, our education, our sentiments, our works, our exchanges, our gifts, our enjoyments. Its mission is to prevent the rights of one from interfering with those of another, in any one of these things. (The Law pg 48)
Yet, here we are today were the law is being used to ban soda’s in NYC and in schools in trying to protect people from themselves and stopping them from their enjoyments.
Here we are today were the law is being used to force other people to go against their conscience in the forms of the HHS mandate to provide for a perceived need.
That it regulates our education through school boards and departments and a public school system allowing the regulation of thought and ideas. It is the whole idea behind the Gay Marriage issue and how both sides are trying to use the law to infringe and regulate one matter or another concerning liberty.
This is why the mentioning of this book was the most important matter missed in this election cycle, and why some chose to actually miss it as well. It shows with out a shadow of a doubt what is wrong with the Government in this country, what is wrong with many peoples thinking, and what is wrong with the world altogether.
If you love life, love liberty, love freedom, love your property, and love your pursuit of happiness or just know that something is wrong with this country and the world right now, then as Dr. Paul suggests, this is the book everybody needs to read, share it with others, so that others can wake up.
The only way the country will change and regain sanity once more is if more people understand what is wrong with our Government in the first place.
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