Bastiat makes three central contributions in Economic Sophisms. First, he reminds us that we should care about the consumer, not just the. SOPHISMS. Frédéric. Bastiat. Translated from the French and Edited by. ARTHUR GODDARD. Introduction by. HENRY HAZLITT. Foundation for Economic. Bastiat was a French liberal of the 19th century and perhaps the best popularizer of free market economics ever. This collection centers around.

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He is at once producer and consumer.

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There is still a further conclusion to be drawn from all this, namely, that, according to the theory of the balance of trade, France has a quite simple means of doubling her capital at any moment.

A Current Affairs Must Read With the rise of protectionism and trade wars, Bastiat is a must read for anyone looking to make economic sopuisms of current affairs.

I have attempted, in this brief volume, 2 to refute some of the arguments that are raised against the introduction of free trade. The division of labor, which results from the opportunity to engage in exchange, makes it possible for each man, instead of struggling on his own behalf bastita overcome all the obstacles that stand in his way, to struggle against only one, not solely on his own account, but for the benefit of his fellow men, who in turn perform the same service for him.

It seems to me more just, more economical, and more honest: Repress all injustice, whether on a greater or a smaller scale, suffer no dishonesty, to however small an extent, are marked down for ideologues, idle dreamers, who keep repeating over and over again the same thing. Hence, the economic advantages of this invention did not remain the exclusive possession of one individual, but instead became for all eternity the common inheritance of all mankind.


Jul 21, Ryan Thornton rated it it was amazing Shelves: Finally, too late, his baxtiat forced him to Italy, and he died at Rome, at the age of forty-nine, on Christmas Eve, Otherwise there would not be so many people who express fear of it. And what is the remedy?

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This is necessary to convince him to work intelligently; and it is just, for it is only fair that an effort crowned with success should bring its reward with it. Well, what difference does that make?

Both theses have had their defenders, and political economists are divided in their opinions about them. No physician takes pleasure in the good health of even his friends; no soldier, in the peace of his country; and so it goes for the rest. Thus, when one speaks of equalizing dconomic conditions of production, one should at least ascertain whether free trade does not do what one seeks to accomplish by arbitrary control.

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I might dispute this, but I respect your hypothesis. As for the public, the consumers, they gained little, for Gutenberg was careful to lower the price of his books only just enough to undersell his rivals. If, then, the spokesman of a particular industry argues: To clear his mind of them, he must each time go through a lengthy process of analysis; and not everyone has the time to undertake this task, legislators least of all. Gutenberg was no longer the only printer; others imitated him.

Dec 31, Willard added it. In political economy there are no absolute principles. Providence has seen to it, by means as simple as they are unfailing, that there should be simultaneous dispersion, diffusion, interdependence, and progress.


Oct 11, Shaun rated it it was amazing. Let us make no mistake, this is a great book, but it is a great book that exists under a bit of a shadow. Everyone will understand you, for your propositions are lucid, simple, and self-evident. In the example cited above, the differences in the value of various pieces of land are what compensate for the differences in their fertility.

Yes, we must admit that our opponents in this argument have a marked advantage over us.

But exchange hampers our view of so simple a truth. He sells at a higher price in proportion to the shortage, the scarcity, of the type of commodity produced by his labor.

The first is to impose a customs duty of five francs on foreign iron. The fact is that taxes, when properly used, have bettered rather than worsened the conditions of production in rconomic countries.

I am, perhaps, aiming too high, but—I confess—I should like this brief work to become, as it were, the handbook of those who are called upon to judge between the two principles.

No one has ever seen, and no one ever will see, any person who works, whether he be farmer, manufacturer, merchant, artisan, soldier, writer, or scholar, who does not devote all the powers of his mind to working better, more quickly, and more economically—in short, to doing more with less.

It will not be long. Economic Sophisms expresses a common theme over and over again: Would anyone truly argue that total scarcity is preferable to having plenty?