“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” ~Frédéric Bastiat (1801-1850)
Today Mr. Bastiat would be labeled a “libertarian.” He was an absolutely horrible person who believed that the government should never do anything for anybody, ever. When he spoke those words he was arguing against tariffs and taxes.
So in the specific sense, he was wrong; but in the general sense– which he never anticipated– he was right.
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