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The Law by Frederic Bastiat

Updated on June 26, 2017

THE LAW by FREDERIC BASTIAT

“Law is the collective organization of the individual right to lawful defense”

Law is organized justice by force. We have a right to defend our person, our property, and our liberty. All people are born with these natural rights because they are God-given before man-made law existed.

The State should not interfere with the private affairs of free men. But today the law is perverted to deprive one group to benefit another by allowing legal plunder. Some wish to traffic the property of others and make plunder a right. Some want to live at the expense of others by using politics to seize the productions of the faculties of his fellow man. Plunder prevails everywhere it is less burdensome than work. Plunder ceases when it becomes more burdensome than work.

There should not be any government subsidies, government schools, government welfare, or any government involvement whatsoever with labor. Big government does not encourage producing goods and services for the marketplace but using politics to plunder your fellow citizens.

Business spends massive amounts of money and time lobbying instead of investing money and time in production.

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FREDERIC BASTIAT

Bastiat: The Law

Charity is love. Government corrupts charity because true charity is given from the heart not from the barrel of a gun. Forced equality of wealth and pervasive regulation are the enemies of liberty. They exaggerate the importance of politics and come from a sick and compulsive desire to rule over others.

When law and morality contradict, the citizen has the cruel alternative of losing his moral sense or losing respect for the law.

It is theft to take property away from the person it belongs to and give it to another person to whom it does not belong. If the government takes from one to give to another, what would be the crime if the recipient did it himself? Is it not theft? This sows disunity and reprisals. Socialism is simply legalized theft.

There is no right to free assistance, unearned wages, free education, or free health care. The only thing guaranteed a citizen should be the free exercise of his faculties. You cannot be free and not free at the same time.

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The Law: Bastiat

The law should not be involved with religion, art, education, industry, commerce, agriculture, charity or labor. Socialism pretends to realize the general good by general theft. The law should only use force to impose on men that they do no harm to others. The law is to prevent injustice. If you force a man to work he is not free and if you force a man to surrender the fruits of his work—his property—he is not free.

Forced, imposed association or organization is bad; free natural association or organization is good. The Devil says if you oppose State education you oppose education—that is a lie. The Devil says if you oppose equality at the barrel of a gun you are against the poor—that is a lie.

Socialists see mankind as a subject for social experiments— the State as potter and the People as clay in its hands to mold as it sees fit—as if the State were God. The progressive is the ultimate elitist, placing himself and his intellectual ideas above others; claiming the right to rearrange the human race; willing to enslave others to achieve their fanciful vision; the great savior who won’t leave us alone, who violates liberty of conscience, freedom of association, freedom of exchange; to make me be what he wishes me to be. People are nothing more than raw material. They think so little of mankind and so much of themselves. If the human race is so bad that it needs a leviathan state to rule over every aspect of it, how can the ruling elite be so good? Are they not part of the human race?

We are training people to be incapable of raising themselves by their own choices and energies to well-being by having them expect everything from the State.

The Book of the Law

Every regulation deprives industry of its liberty. Is there not a grievance in the nation that government does not act to solve? It is not the mission of the law to regulate our consciences and ideas. Its mission is to protect people and their property—not to plunder. A multitude of forced utopias compete to take charge of the forces of the law. Legislation becomes the battlefield for everybody’s dreams and covetousness.

Do you truly believe that if the government does not tell us what to think; how and when we may talk about or honor God; when and where we may get together and with whom; how children must be educated, where and by whom; how and when we may work and what our wages must be; who can sell what and where; and how charity must be distributed: that our whole world will collapse?

A society that is free, safe, stable, and responsible is the one in which a virtuous man will attain his fullness with dignity. The law should not interfere with private activity; regulation should be sparse and simple, taxes light; transactions, meetings, and clubs should be no business of the government. Wealth, labor, and production should be unaffected by government. The thought of God should prevail over the inventions of men. Liberty is an act of faith in man and God.

My source for this article is The Law by Frederic Bastiat

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      WillStarr 5 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I don't know that such polarization can ever be resolved peacefully. The one side wants individual freedom and rights while the other wants a massive nanny state to see to all our needs. The former argues with reason and logic while the latter uses never-ending emotional appeals.

      This is four years later, Jimmy, and look at how angry the left has become after the voters rejected their progressive-liberal, big government point of view. Can there any longer be any doubt as to the real reasons for disarming the citizens?

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Keith Engel— Your book will be profound, my friend. I love your table of contents and I totally agree with you about term limits on government jobs. Professional politicians are indeed a problem. I would like to see lobbying eliminated as well. And an easier way to overturn terrible Supreme Court decisions by Congress or maybe even by Referendum.

      Your summation is great and I am with you on Property Rights wholeheartedly.

      A great beginning has been made. Fight the Good Fight and run your race hard to the finish line, brother.

      James

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Curiad— You are more than welcome Brother Mark. I misunderstood what you meant, as you figured out. Thanks for clarification, my friend.

      James

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      Keith Engel 5 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      Thanks Brother James,

      It is eventually a work and book that I would call the Constitution the way it should have been if the fourth individual right of property had been properly included into the Declaration and the Constitution and wasn't compromised on the account of Slavery. That was the worst compromise ever in the history of man kind. All the wrongs and trampling upon the rights of others is because of the lack of the right to property being clearly defined and it is what has allowed the Government to reach tyrannical levels. You don't have a right to your life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness if doesn't belong to you.

      Thus, the entire idea of the book is a rewriting of the Constitution a bit, not major changes, but just fixing it so to speak with the above as well as some other issues.

      Here goes a brief outline, it would be in book form so I could show both the changes and then explain why these points were included.

      Article 1: Individual Rights:

      Section I: Definition and Moral Basis for Individual Rights

      Section II: What Equality and Individual Rights Don’t Mean:

      Article 2: Individual Entity Rights:

      Article 3: Bill of Rights(same as they are now just not added to the end like they are now)

      Article 4: The Purpose of Government

      Then what is currently in the constitution, some slight changes in these would be made, like the commerce clause.

      Article 8: Separation of Religion and State:

      Article 9: Separation of Market and State:

      Article 10: Department of Charity:(the compromise so to speak, this would be setup for two purposes. The first is as a place for people to contact to find charities. It would keep an updated list of all charities and their function. The next would be that people can donate to the department and it is this money that can then be used for such things as natural disaster relief and the like. NO TAX MONEY Goes into this though, only charity)

      Article 11: Term Limits:

      It has been shown that during the course of Human Events that once men obtain some Position of Power and Authority over other men that such power begins to corrupt men and the systems of Government upon which they have Governance. Thus, to ensure that such Corruption doesn’t take place, or is severely limited, and that those in Governance don’t become accustomed to the Power of their Stations no Man shall be able to serve for more than 12 years in any of the Branches of Governments as outlined in this Constitution nor shall any Amendments to this Constitution be allowed extending or changing this number of years. Furthermore, no body assigned through the Branches of Government to any Department created by the Government can be appointed to a longer term and number of years than that of the Elected officials by the people.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Keith Engel— I cannot express in words how brilliant your commentary is, my friend. I agree with every idea that you articulated so superbly. Absolutely fabulous. When you get that book done, I will be in line for a signed copy.

      Thank you, Brother Keith, for sharing your keen insights with me and my other readers. You are spot on, man.

      God Bless You!

      James

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Thank you James, I had read this article, Loved it. I meant to say, I have not read the book by Frederic Bastiat, but i will!

      Mark

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Curiad— Hello, my friend. I hope you enjoy this article. It is very brief—one of my shortest ever. :D

      I am glad you like that quote you mentioned. I love what you said about the government:

      "They have their fingers in every facet of society, it is insidious, demoralizing and just plain wrong."

      Right on dude!

      Thank you for visiting and commenting.

      James

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      Keith Engel 5 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      James,

      If you don't mind, one of the matters I am working on to be published hopefully in book form eventually. The time for new founder's is almost upon us.

      Ethical Capitalism and Separation of Market and State

      What is Ethical Capitalism?

      Natural law states that in order to survive problems need to be solved and while alone these problems must be solved by the individual alone. This includes such problems as finding out where the next meal will come from and how to acquire that meal, how to protect and cloth oneself from the elements, and to ensure a supply of water. This is why early in history Man formed societies near sources of water, it resolved almost all the problems of Man. Thus, as Man and societies grew more advance it allowed Man to solve bigger problems due to the fact that more individuals were free to specialize and think on other problems besides providing for the initial three, by other men solving other problems this allowed society to continue to advance and solve even bigger problems. This is the definition of Capitalism. It is the process of Individuals, Capitalist, working to solve problems and then offering the solutions to those problems as products or services that other Individuals, Capitalist themselves, value and thus find as an incentive to their own life and their own pursuit of happiness. Capital is then freely exchanged to the other individual for the product or service provided.

      From this largesse that comes from obtaining capital the individual then if so moved with compassion and through his own free will is able to give to other men who are either free to accept or reject this giving. This is called charity. Charity is only viable if man is compelled to give of himself freely, and is perverted when man is some how coerced or otherwise forced to give his wealth away to another. Yet it is the combination of Capitalism, the free association of men trying to solve the problems of other men for profit, and this compassion of men then to freely give of themselves the bounty that they accumulated that creates the system of Ethical Capitalism.

      Separation of Market and State

      1. Neither The Legislative Branch nor the Executive Branch nor any Committee, Department or Agency setup by these Branches shall have the power to grant loans or grants to businesses or institutions of any type for any reason that the market will not support.

      2. Neither The Legislative Branch nor the Executive Branch nor any Committee, Department or Agency setup by these Branches shall have the power to setup or otherwise take over businesses that the market will not support.

      3. Neither The Legislative Branch nor the Executive Branch nor any Committee, Department or Agency set up by these Branches shall have the power to force or otherwise steer a market or businesses into a course of action that the market will not support. Nor shall it be allowed to level any hidden arbitrary mandates that will cause such an effect to take hold. The market itself will eventually force such changes upon that market or business through competition, time, and market forces.

      4. Neither The Legislative Branch nor the Executive Branch nor any Committee, Department or Agency set up by these Branches shall have the power to offer subsidies in any form to any business or any parts of the market for any reason.

      5. Neither The Legislative nor the Executive Branch nor any Committee, Department, or Agency set up by these Branches shall have the power to force punitive regulations on an entire market in the economy. If any business or individuals with in that business have broken any laws then the fullest extent and rule of law will be used to punish these individuals as set forth by the laws of the Legislative Branch. Businesses will be giving the same protections as individuals, because of their standing as an individual entity, and no measures shall henceforth be done to punish a group of businesses due to the action of a few within any given market.

      6. Neither The Legislative Branch nor the Executive Branch shall have the power to set prices of any type, including wage prices and interest rates, that set prices arbitrarily for whatever reason that ignore market forces and the principles of supply and demand.

      7. No Member of the Legislative Branch nor the Executive Branch, nor appointees to personal members of staff and direct relations, shall be able to participate within the private stock market while serving their terms in the Public Sector. Any members caught doing such activities will be removed from office, prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and will be barred from holding public office for such activities.

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      James, I have not read this but you can bet I will be soon. The statement "There should not be any government subsidies, government schools, government welfare, or any government involvement whatsoever with labor. Big government does not encourage producing goods and services for the marketplace but using politics to plunder your fellow citizens" is so right on. They have their fingers in every facet of society, it is insidious, demoralizing and just plain wrong.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Keith Engel— Those are great quotes by Jefferson. Thank you very much for posting them here.

      Your article about Bastiat's "The Law" is excellent. I think we are on the same page.

      James

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      Keith Engel 5 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      Hey James,

      I liked Thomas Jefferson on Facebook and they have some great quotes by him.

      "It [appears] that however certain forms of government are better calculated than others to protect individuals in the free exercise of their natural rights, and are at the same time themselves better guarded against degeneracy, yet experience [has] shown that, even under the best forms, those entrusted with power have, in time and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny." --Thomas Jefferson: Diffusion of Knowledge Bill, 1779. FE 2:220, Papers 2:526

      "I love to see honest and honorable men at the helm, men who will not bend their politics to their purses nor pursue measures by which they may profit and then profit by their measures." --Thomas Jefferson to Edward Rutledge, 1796. ME 9:355

      "There [is a measure] which if not taken we are undone...[It is] to cease borrowing money and to pay off the national debt. If this cannot be done without dismissing the army and putting the ships out of commission, haul them up high and dry and reduce the army to the lowest point at which it was ever established. There does not exist an engine so corruptive of the government and so demoralizing of the nation as a public debt. It will bring on us more ruin at home than all the enemies from abroad against whom this army and navy are to protect us." --Thomas Jefferson to Nathaniel Macon, 1821. (*) FE 10:193

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Kaie Arwen— I just love reading your comments to me. You are so smart and articulate, it makes it a joy to absorb your words.

      This time I figured out the coded message rather easily but the last one was a doozy!

      Don't you just love that line: " You cannot be free and not free at the same time"?

      I don't think a lot of young Americans get the drift of this.

      I just love this that you wrote, "We assist those in need because it's the right thing to do, not because it's the required thing to do"

      You know that's right! I heard that! :-)

      Your gracious compliments about this Hub mean the world to me. Thank you ever much, my dear. You have made my day and warmed the cockles of my heart!

      IAMYMNAF

      JJRBJ

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      Kaie Arwen 5 years ago

      There is no right to free assistance, unearned wages, free education, or free health care. The only thing guaranteed a citizen should be the free exercise of his faculties. You cannot be free and not free at the same time.

      Amen.

      One nation under God............ period.

      We assist those in need because it's the right thing to do, not because it's the required thing to do......... we need to take the time to look back at what the words family and neighbor mean. I don't believe in entitlements...... no one is entitled to anything.

      "Charity is love," and it comes from love........ not expectation.

      This was fantastic.................. LYAAF YK

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Caleb DRC— Wow. Your comments are great! Thank you very much for coming to read my piece and leaving such brilliant analysis.

      You wrote: " If taxes were not so high for businesses and individuals, there would be more money for various charities. Citizens who obey God are also generous."

      That is spot on. Amen.

      And, as you said so well, "there is inherent corruption with governmental largess. Everyone has their greedy hands in the pie to get their "share", and the bureaucratic cost is enormous."

      Perfect.

      I appreciate your keen mind and your gracious heart. Thanks again!

      James

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Keith Engel— Thank you very much for both of your comments made here several days ago. They are the products of deep thinking, my friend. In fact, your first comment bears repeating:

      "Because Reality dictates that there is no such thing as a free lunch. Remove Society and the Advancements made and it comes down to one simple fact, if you wish to continue to live in the world it must be earned from reality. Any of the so called entitlements and the matters that the state gets involved in is trying to change and deflect reality, usually ending in collapse and anarchy eventually."

      Well said!

      You go on to say that "Everybody wants to say that Virtues, Values, Civility, and these matters about Economics and Finance should be taught at home, and indeed they should be strengthened at home. Yet, they have to be taught at the place a child spends most of his time from [childhood to adulthood]."

      We used to teach values in school but that was before the New Left got a hold of the public schools and you know their agenda was to completely overthrow all authorities, institutions, traditions, and customs that belonged to America. Why? They hate America, plain and simple. Not the land and certainly not the wealth of America, but what America really was—an idea and a brotherhood of those who believed in that idea.

      And I had economics class when I was in high school but it has been replaced with some multicultural nonsense class.

      It is interesting what you said about "reducing the age of adult hood to 16 especially if people are going to go around and start having sex at that age or earlier. If people want to start doing an adult act, the most responsible act required of a person since it can bring new life, then trying to continually deflect the truth that somehow these people are still children is just anathema to me."

      RIGHT! If you are going to have sex, childhood ends and you are declared an adult, which means you must report to work.

      And imagine the same people—progressive educators—claiming to "protect the innocence of a child" while handing them condoms. That IS sick and corrupted.

      Great stuff man! I sure appreciate you sharing these truths with us.

      James

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      Caleb DRC 5 years ago

      "How can we say that no man is entitled to free health care? or education?" I believe the first One who said that is God. At least a dozen Scriptures( verses) command us to not steal from others. We are not "entitled" to break God's commandments. If taxes were not so high for businesses and individuals, there would be more money for various charities. Citizens who obey God are also generous. A nation with citizens who generally believe that God does not know what He is talking about will most definitely need help with heath care and education because God's blessing will not be upon that nation.

      Furthermore, there is inherent corruption with governmental largess. Everyone has their greedy hands in the pie to get their "share", and the bureaucratic cost is enormous.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Just History— I sincerely appreciate your gracious compliments. While I agree with Frederic Bastiat I do not expect all others to do so. I do not believe people are "entitled" to anything other than to be left alone by government unless they are breaking the law, and to have their person and property protected.

      I don't think most people truly appreciate what they think they are entitled to and this lack of gratitude has a corrosive effect on society. After all, if you are entitled to it why should you be grateful that you have it?

      But we can surely agree to disagree. I thank you for reading my little piece and for your fine comments. :)

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      Keith Engel 5 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      Bastiat brings up a similar point in The Law James, he brings up the point what good is an education if a person/family is going hungry. This of course leads us then to the Government programs that have become an incentive to actually continually have kids, not out of love, but out of the incentive of the Government hand out that gets received.

      One of the reasons I am so adamant about education is looking back at my own education and how I wasn't properly prepared to face the challenges of the advance economic society we live in and to understand the importance of finance and economics. Everybody wants to say that Virtues, Values, Civility, and these matters about Economics and Finance should be taught at home, and indeed they should be strengthened at home. Yet, they have to be taught at the place a child spends most of his time from the age of 7 till the age of 18, though I am one for reducing the age of adult hood to 16 especially if people are going to go around and start having sex at that age or earlier. If people want to start doing an adult act, the most responsible act required of a person since it can bring new life, then trying to continually deflect the truth that somehow these people are still children is just anathema to me. In the sick and corrupted idea that protecting the " value innocence" of a child all that we have done, and reality bears this out, is continually prolong the childhood process to the point that the maturity level of twenty year old or even thirty year old people is that still of a child. When you have grown men at the age of 39 who are still living at home and have never once left the house, there is something inherently wrong.

      We have been coddling people for far too long overall, deflecting reality and not truly getting people prepared through the school system in society as a whole. Hell, the last 12 years of my life has been to go through a self education process to learn as far as I am concerned to learn what I should have learned in school. If I had learned what I know now, I may not be in such financial difficulty if I had gain the understanding of finances and economic principles that I now know. This is how you also help the poor actually since the poor are the ones who aren't getting this important financial understanding to truly affect there lives, like what I could have done if I had been taught better myself.

      This brings us to the question why this isn't done in our school system. The sinister answer, and the only one that makes any type of sense, is for control, as you brought up with Hitler. It is far easier to promise gifts to the people with the Public's Money, bribe them, and to lie about economics and use fancy "statistics" and other matters to an almost ignorant population on the most important matter while living in an economic based society, economics.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Keith Engel— "The Underground History of American Education" by John Taylor Gatto is an outstanding book. One thing he writes in it that struck me is that compulsory education is so wrong. I hadn't thought of that before. But I did see that a woman was sent to jail overnight the other day for allowing her boy to be habitually truant. What Gatto says is that the troublemakers in school who waste so much time and disrupt the learning process for so many other kids who want to learn are almost always kids who if you ask them will say they don't want to be in school. Gatto says to make school entirely voluntary so that the only kids who come are kids who want to learn.

      You are right that education is the place to start. Adolf Hitler knew that; so did Karl Marx; so does the Homosexual Movement. So does the Devil.

      Our schools were once the best in the world. When the Federal Government got involved they naturally began to go downhill. Schools once taught children good solid reasons why they should be proud of their country—Civics. Now the schools are bastions of America bashing, inculcation factories of evil ideologies, and incubators for One World Government children—so-called 'citizens of the world.'

      And I surely agree with you that Americans need to be weaned off the government teet.

      You have some great ideas. Thank you for sharing them with me. I look forward to reading more of your writings. I appreciate you engaging me in this conversation.

      James

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      Keith Engel 5 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      Because Reality dictates that there is no such thing as a free lunch. Remove Society and the Advancements made and it comes down to one simple fact, if you wish to continue to live in the world it must be earned from reality. Any of the so called entitlements and the matters that the state gets involved in is trying to change and deflect reality, usually ending in collapse and anarchy eventually.

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      Just History 5 years ago from England

      Interesting but in my opinion a dangerous extremist view. How can we say that no man is entitled to free heath care? or education? Why can't the state have a role? History has shown that the extremist views never quite work out- communism, fascism etc. I think that over the pond we would have great difficulty "swallowing this"

      However it was very well written and I will probably call back to read it again, even if I disagree with the majority of the sentiments expressed.

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      Keith Engel 5 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      James,

      I too had several articles up about the problems with schools and education, yet was not satisfied with them. One of the reasons being because I realized I was taking the wrong angle. I hadn't cut and reduced education down and its purpose to its relation to reality. I began philosophizing in midstream as it were.

      I'll send you a message via facebook with the beginnings of this article. As far as what the matter concerning a New Age of Enlightenment and a New Renaissance, well, that can only take place if people are willing to reclaim what has been taking. In essence, basically, and hopefully, a non violent Glorious Revolution so to speak needs to occur. I have pin pointed everything down to education as the place to start, it is that simple. It is why instead of trying to focus on fiction, what I would like to do but perhaps wasn't meant to do, I am focusing on non fiction and my first work being a philosophical theory to show many complex matters and try to make it easier to understand for people. After hopefully, I get this work published and perhaps another one concerning the imperfections in our constitution and presenting a document that fixes the biggest error and compromise regarding the constitution, the exclusion of property rights due to slavery. That my next step will be to hopefully get together with some prominent like minded people I have encountered in my readings to start a Classical School System in place from K all the way through College and fight the Governments control on Education and reclaim and allow people once more the control of how children get educated. Once hopefully I get this established, this franchise of a school system because I want people, communities, or who ever to be able to buy into the school so they can open there own schools if need be following the system and standards set down by the business plan, that I will then return back to my own writings as well.

      This clarity of this vision so to speak struck me recently as far as what needs to be done. The problem is that people have grown so dependent upon the Government in its perverted role, that a progress of weening people off of the Government dependency needs to happen. This can only take place if people are properly taught matters concerning survival in an advanced economic based society. This is what isn't being taught, what needs to change.

      My main concern like yours is that it may be too late, that we may be heading for another Dark Ages like after Rome fell. If that happens, then the goals I am working towards is to affect the change of what takes place if that occurs.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Keith Engel— I am coming soon to read your Hub on Bastiat. I agree with you that "The Law" should be taught in schools, if only to counteract all the socialist slant they get anyway. And you are right on that economics is sorely neglected in our educational system.

      I will be glad to read your Hub on education when it is done. I have published three on that topic:

      https://hubpages.com/entertainment/Waiting-for-Sup...

      The link above is to my article about a documentary film. Below is a link to my Hub about the agenda of teachers unions:

      https://hubpages.com/politics/National-Education-A...

      And about the problems with public education in general I published the Hub "Education Problems in Public Schools" but I know you have read that one from your extensive comments on it.

      As to your second set of comments here, I hope with you that a New Renaissance will come. If not, if we keep going down the path we are on as a nation, I will tell you what is coming: A New Dark Ages.

      I enjoy your sharp thoughts, Keith. You are a good man. God Bless You!

      James

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      Keith Engel 5 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      I follow the Federalist Papers Page on Facebook where they post various quotes from either the Founder's or from like minded thinkers of the Founders. One of the matters I hear in the comments section at times is where are the Founding Fathers now.

      I look in the mirror. We are reaching the point where it has reached that I fear. A rebirth needs to take place and a New Age of Enlightenment and A New Renaissance needs to happen. Education needs to be reclaimed from the hands of the State that keep people ignorant, so that they can be manipulated and controlled.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Caleb DRC— Thank you very much for providing those three additional book titles. I have not read any of them, though I am familiar with the authors. I jotted down the names and I intend to get them and read them soon.

      America is rapidly becoming depraved alright. I saw today that one news service reports Obama has reelection in the bag, regardless of the debates or anything else. If that is true, then I must say my regard for the intellectual capacities of my fellow Americans—and of their hearts and of their characters—will sink to a new low. And I lived through the Sixties!!! :D

      I surely appreciate your gracious compliments, which I consider to be high praise indeed coming from such a learned and discerning individual as yourself.

      Even Bob Dylan recognized and spoke it: "You're gonna serve somebody"

      Thanks again.

      James

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      Keith Engel 5 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      James,

      Thanks, yeah, he mentioned it during the Primaries on a Mike Huckabee Forum thing that he did. Found a PDF file of it that night and sat back and read it, and was like wow.

      I originally called the Hub The Most Important Moment of the 2012 Elections, but now renamed it Bastiat's the Law and the 2012 Elections.

      It is one of those books that should be taught in schools, well, there is a lot that needs to be taught in schools that isn't being taught, such as economics. I was working on an article, that I may or may not complete and finish, that goes to the heart of the matter of education and why it sucks in America. The number one reason, the Public School system doesn't get people properly prepared to live in an advanced economic based society anymore, by teaching the subjects that would help, economics and finance. It is far easier to fool people and to get them to believe what they want about the economy and the rich, demonize them, if you have a population that is pretty much ignorant when it comes to economics and finance.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Keith Engel— It is great to see you hear, my friend. I missed your Hub on "The Law" but I have just now made myself a note to come over and read it ASAP. Thank you for the compliment.

      I like Ron Paul. I did not know he was a fan of this book. That is interesting but not surprising.

      James

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      Caleb DRC 5 years ago

      James, every time I think your writing and articles can not get any better you prove me wrong once again. In this corrupted-thinking society this hub is a sparkling diamond shinning its truth for all to ponder.

      Unfortunately, James, our rejection of Truth will be our demise. The Bible teaches that none of us are independent thinkers. We are servants to whom we choose to obey. If we obey God, we will think righteously, and the result of such thought is evident in this hub. If we obey Satan, then we will think as a socialist, which is represented as the antithesis of this hub.

      This hub is revolutionary to Americans now because we are becoming so depraved; nevertheless, I see hope for America since I've been here at Hubpages because of such outstanding individuals as yourself and so many others.

      Three books revolutionized my political views many years ago: Human Action by Von Mises; Economics in One Lesson by Hazlitt, and this one, The Law. The Mainspring of Human Progress was another. I assume my memory is serving me accurately on the titles and authors.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Gypsy Rose Lee— You are quite welcome. Thank you ever much for thinking enough of this article to pass it on to your friends. That is high praise indeed.

      Yes, you are right that in the USA the number—and cost to us all—of lawsuits has gotten crazy. I think it really hit me when that woman successfully sued McDonalds for spilling hot coffee on herself. Juries seem to automatically vote against corporations.

      I enjoyed your thoughtful and insightful remarks. Thanks again!

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Janhorner— I surely agree with you that our lives become less and less private as the web of computers closes in. I noticed on my Hubs that merchandise I had recently done searches for were suddenly showing up in advertisements placed on my own articles!

      Thank you for the compliments and the voted up! :)

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      teaches12345— Thank you! Thank you very much. :-)

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      kashmir56— Hello there! It is always a distinct pleasure to see that you have been to visit. Thank you so much for sharing this article with your circle of friends. You know that I appreciate the voted up and more.

      I am well pleased to receive your awesome accolades. And you are quite welcome.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      lrc7815— Thank you!! Thank you very much! :D

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      rfmoran— Thank you very much for taking the time to read my article. I appreciate your complimentary remarks and I am grateful to receive the voted up, interesting and awesome marks from you. I believe President Reagan, as always, was on the mark. And I agree with your assessment of the enemies of freedom as well.

      James

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      Keith Engel 5 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      Good article on the book James, I did my own article on The Law a few months back. Ron Paul mentioned the book as that book every American needs to read, and this is the slant of my article. I couldn't agree with him more.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      old albion— Why, thank you, Graham, for the awesome accolades. I am proud—proud that you came to visit and appreciated my work.

      James :)

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      livewithrichard— Thank you for the kind compliment. Yes, you are right that the opposite of law is anarchy. Not many folks are in favor of that—unless we mean moral anarchy. That gets a lot of votes. :D

      Your comments are profound and outstanding. I sincerely appreciate you sharing your point of view with us. Well said!

      James

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Sparklea— You are quite welcome. Thank you for the 'Voted up, useful and interesting,' as well as your blessings and lovely laudations. :-)

      I agree with you that homeschooling is wonderful.The public schools have been taken over by the spirit of this world—and it ain't pretty.

      I am with you too in your thoughts about what an education we can get right here on HubPages, with so many talented writers covering nearly every subject under the sun.

      I am so glad you enjoyed this Hub and let me know you did. God Bless You!

      James

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Vladimir Uhri— You are most welcome, my friend. Thank you for your encouragement. It means a lot to me.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      vocalcoach— Hello! Thank you very much for being my first visitor. It is a great pleasure to hear from you again.

      Freedom hangs in a delicate balance. Only when it is lost will most people appreciate what they had.

      I enjoyed your excellent remarks. I agree with you. And I'm glad you mentioned the 'take-away.'

      I surely appreciate you sharing this little article with your friends. Thanks again for hitting all the good buttons for me, and for your gracious compliments.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Another interesting, thought provoking and informative hub. I do believe in today's world everyone has pretty much got law mixed up with all the wrong things and all anyone wants to do is scream I'm gonna sue but sue who? So thanks for setting things straight and for the introduction to Frederic Bastiat. Passing this on.

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      Janhorner 5 years ago

      An interesting article on Frederic Bastiat. I have never heard of him until reading your hub. You have penned it well. It does also make me question things in general. I feel that our privacy is no longer so, because we are all on some kind of data base! Lots of queries within your words. Well done and voted up!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Good post on this top. Wow, very detailed and well done.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi James, great well written and interesting hub, i have not heard of Frederic Bastiat before thanks for helping learn more about this great subject within this awesome hub ! I am never disappointed when i stop by and read anything you have written !

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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      Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

      A very intense, informative, and thought provoking hub. A job well done.

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      Russ Moran 5 years ago from Long Island, New York

      James this is a great hub, voted up interesting and awesome. I intend to read more Bastiat. Reagan said it well: "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." Loss of freedom is seldom a sudden cataclysm, but rather the drip by drip oppression of those who don't think that free people should be left to their own devices. Well done

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      Graham Lee 5 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Another excellent in depth review, of which you should be justly proud. I am sure your interpretation makes the book much more understandable to the ordinary citizen.

      Graham.

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      Richard Bivins 5 years ago from Charleston, SC

      Great hub here James. Makes you think too because the opposite of law is anarchy and without laws in our society then the weak will be oppressed or enslaved. I do think the world as we know it now would indeed collapse without government. It is in human nature to be social and to commingle and to survive. Survival is the ultimate motivation for governments. A government gives certain guarantees that resources will be pooled and shared. The societies we live in determine how it is shared and in any society it is the strongest that make the rules. With total anarchy it is still the strongest that make th rules. There is no win or lose, it is what it is.

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      Sparklea 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      "The thought of God should prevail over the inventions of men...liberty is an act of faith in man and God" in my opinion that says it all.

      I have not heard of Frederick Bastiat. I love the pics of him and the quotes that accompanied this very thought provoking hub.

      This is one reason I love Hub Pages. I feel as if I am getting an education, all the time, on so many various topics.

      With the way things are in our world today, if I had children, I would probably home school them. Mine are now grown...things were so different when my kids were little.

      THANK you for this great write. I know you will get many, many positive comments.

      Voted up, useful and interesting. Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Vladimir Uhri 5 years ago from HubPages, FB

      Thank you, James, for the wisdom I found in your presentation.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi James - This hub is thought provoking and right on the money! Very well written and timely. I have to wonder, "are we really free?" I seem to disagree with certain laws which makes me then question my own judgement.

      This line so well written, is my "take-away." "A society that is free, safe, stable, and responsible is the one in which a virtuous man will attain his fullness with dignity "

      Well done, my friend. I will pass this along as I share and give my vote as Up and across. You're the best!