Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Review of The Law by Frédéric Bastiat

This review is written by Eugene Kernes

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Genre = Law

Elaborate Description

Law is presented as a set of institutions, organized to prevent injustice. The problem with the law arises when the those who create the law provide legal justification for their mistreatment of people and their property. Those who create the laws can allow legal plundering of society. When the law allows for plunder, every individual or group would be more than tempted to plunder society via creation of laws to either prevent being plundered or to participate in the plunder without restraint on who they are. When the rights to plunder are obtained, those who profit from the plunder will do their best to prevent losing those rights.

Socialism is an institution that is looked at with a critical eye. Socialism is seen to make the laws perverse, having a top down approach. Those that preach for socialism are represented to have an intellectual superiority above other, and the job of the leader is to lead everyone else to liberty and peace. The issue raised against socialism reasons that socialist do not understand that their own fellow people have intelligence and a brain of their own, that their fellows would not appreciate being told to do something against their beliefs. Another problem posed with a socialist government is taking too much responsibility for things outside their control, which leads to taking credit for things they did not help create while having no accountability when things go awry. To take more responsibility would inevitable require force which goes against liberty.

The main point of the book is for government to prevent the plunder of people’s work. The theme raises many great points on the justification of the law. The book is short and fairly well written. The problem is that the author takes the law as singular situation, meaning no recognition that law is a bundle of rights lets everyone know what can and cannot be do. To prevent the plunder of an individual, might at times require another to lose their wealth due to the actions of the other.

Book Details

Edition ISBN:  9781614270577
Pages to read:   73
Publication:     2011
1st Edition:      1849
Format:            Paperback

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    5
Content          4
Overall           4