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Frederic Bastiat

Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850 ) was the great French liberal economist, philosopher, polemicists, and journalist. 

Frederic Bastiat's Articles

That Which Is Seen and that Which Is Not Seen

In the department of economy, an act, a habit, an institution, a law, gives birth not only to an effect, but to a series of effects.

- May 29, 2015

What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen

In economics, an act, a habit, an institution, or a law produces not only one effect, but a series of effects. Of these effects, the first alone is immediate; it appears simultaneously with its cause; it is seen. The other effects emerge afterward; they are not seen. Basiat argues that a good economist must look at both the seen and unseen consequences of an action. (18:11 minutes)

- September 26, 2013

Unfair Competition with the Sun

Politicians often argue that cheat imports are bad for the domestic economy. In this podcast, Bastiat argues that competition from free trade actually increases domestic employment and income levels. (7:44 minutes)

- September 26, 2013

The Law

Frederic Bastiat's timeless defense of liberty for all. Once read and understood, nothing ever looks the same. 

- November 16, 2012


- June 01, 2000

The Motive Force of Society

The role of man in a harmonious universe.

- April 01, 1974

Something Else

When it comes to protectionism, are we better able than Robinson Crusoe to see its fallacy?

- May 01, 1973

Should Teen-agers Vote?

If voting is restricted, the reason is that each vote touches and affects everyone in the entire community.

- June 01, 1970

The State

- April 01, 1965

The Candlemaker's Petition

We candelmakers are suffer­ing from the unfair competi­tion of a foreign rival.

- February 28, 1958

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