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Frederic Bastiat

Frédéric Bastiat (June 30, 1801– December 24, 1850) was a French political economist, classical liberal theorist, and legislator.  His literature has been instrumental in influencing the development of libertarianism and the Austrian school of economics. Bastiat is famous for developing the fundamental concept of opportunity cost. He was a firm believer in free markets and the individual’s right to life, liberty and property and that government should be restricted to protecting these rights from aggression and theft.

Fun Fact: Bastiat was raised and educated by his paternal grandfather.

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