Bastiat’s definition of government

“Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.”

Frederic Bastiat

Read his witty essay on “Government”, and laugh, or cry.

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  • CK  On October 25, 2008 at 3:54 am

    Call it socialism. Call it another government giveaway. Or, simply call it welfare. Whatever you call it, it is class warfare and will serve to accelerate internal conflict within our already stressed society and fractured government.

  • Pramod Biligiri  On October 25, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    I muse about this Bastiat saying almost every single day. I also agree with CK above that there is a class warfare. I keep wondering how we can get to that stage where “nobody steals from anybody” (Bastiat?)

  • Aristotle The Geek  On October 25, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    “I keep wondering how we can get to that stage where ‘nobody steals from anybody'”
    I don’t think it is possible, not when we look at history. Along with this immense capacity for greatness, man also has this infinite capacity for violence and stupidity, and he tends to lean towards the latter.

  • matthewepohl  On September 25, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    I think it is time to devise a plan to stop the looters. I have an idea at http://www.stopthelooters.com.

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