Continued excerpt from yesterday’s post of the closing statements of Frederic Bastiat’s 1850 manifesto “The Law.” This piece is one of the most integral parts of my foundation of political and economic thought. Please click here to read the entire piece free of charge in a pdf file courtesy of the Ludwig Von Mises Institute.
Law is justice.
And it is under the law of justice, under the reign of right, under the influence of liberty, security, stability, and responsibility, that every man will attain to the fullness of his worth, to all the dignity of his being, and that mankind will accomplish with order and with calmness—slowly, it is true, but with certainty—the progress ordained for it.
I believe that my theory is correct; for whatever be the question upon which I am arguing, whether it be religious, philosophical, political, or economical; whether it affects well-being, morality, equality, right, justice, progress, responsibility, property, labor, exchange, capital, wages, taxes, population, credit, or Government; at whatever point of the scientific horizon I start from, I invariably come to the same thing—the solution of the social problem is in liberty.