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In two volumes, here is The Bastiat Collection, the main corpus of his writings in English in a restored and elegant translation that includes some of the most powerful defenses of free markets ever written. This restoration project has yielded a collection to treasure. After years of hard work and preparation, we can only report that it is an emotionally thrilling momentIn two volumes, here is The Bastiat Collection, the main corpus of his writings in English in a restored and elegant translation that includes some of the most powerful defenses of free markets ever written. This restoration project has yielded a collection to treasure. After years of hard work and preparation, we can only report that it is an emotionally thrilling moment to finally offer to the general public. Claude Frédéric Bastiat was an economist and publicist of breathtaking intellectual energy and massive historical influence. He was born in Bayonne, France on June 29th, 1801. After the middle-class Revolution of 1830, Bastiat became politically active and was elected Justice of the Peace in 1831 and to the Council General (county-level assembly) in 1832. He was elected to the national legislative assembly after the French Revolution of 1848. Bastiat was inspired by and routinely corresponded with Richard Cobden and the English Anti-Corn Law League and worked with free-trade associations in France. Bastiat wrote sporadically starting in the 1830s, but in 1844 he launched his amazing publishing career when an article on the effects of protectionism on the French and English people was published in the Journal des Economistes which was held to critical acclaim. The bulk of his remarkable writing career that so inspired the early generation of English translators and so many more is contained in this collection. If we were to take the greatest economists from all ages and judge them on the basis of their theoretical rigor, their influence on economic education, and their impact in support of the free-market economy, then Frédéric Bastiat would be at the top of the list. These volumes bring together his greatest works and represents the early generation of English translations. These translators were like Bastiat himself, people from the private sector who had a love of knowledge and truth and who altered their careers to vigorously pursue intellectual ventures, scholarly publishing, and advocacy of free trade. The collection consists of three sections, the first of which contains his best-known essays. In That Which is Seen, and That Which is Not Seen, Bastiat equips the reader to become an economist in the first paragraph and then presents the story of the broken window where a hoodlum is thought to create jobs and prosperity by breaking windows. Bastiat solves the quandary of prosperity via destruction by noting that while the apparent prosperity is seen, what is unseen is that which would have been produced had the windows not been broken. The second section is Bastiat s Economic Sophisms, a collection of 35 articles on the errors of protectionism broadly conceived. Here Bastiat shows his mastery of the methods of argumentation, using basic logic and taking arguments to their logical extreme to demonstrate and ridicule them as obvious fallacies. In his Negative Railroad Bastiat argues that if an artificial break in a railroad causes prosperity by creating jobs for boatmen, porters, and hotel owners, then there should be not one break, but many, and indeed the railroad should be just a series of breaks a negative railroad. The third section is Bastiat's Economic Harmonies which was hastily written before his death in 1850 and is considered incomplete. Here he demonstrates that the interests of everyone in society are in harmony to the extent that property rights are respected. Because there are no inherent conflicts in the market, government intervention is unnecessary. Here we find a powerful but sadly neglected defense of the main thesis of old-style liberalism: that society and economy are capable of self-managing. Unless this insight is understood and absorbed, a person can never really come to grips with the main meaning of liberty. ...

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  • Michelle
    2019-03-17 12:51

    Every person in the country, if not world, ought to read these works. Particularly "Seen and Not Seen" and "The Law". Bastiat describes how economies work and how different government regulation affects them very clearly and simply, with clear and simple analogies. He also does a great job at exposing fallacies that are spread by those who oppose free economy. This particular translation is very good, but keep a dictionary handy.

  • John Boettcher
    2019-02-16 08:43

    Look at the average ratings. Enough said. Actually, for those of you who don't know the benefits, morality, and ethics of free and unhampered markets, you should really checkout the description for this book and check it out. Will it challenge your reading skills? If it does, that probably means you are not reading enough. Will it challenge your view of the world, markets, and the way they work? Probably means you were indoctrinated in public schools for the majority of your life. But don't take my word for it. Read it for yourself and post comments galore. Would LOVE to have just ONE person argue in the comments section on just one of the Austrian School Economics books that are on here. Would be tough to do. Again, just look at the ratings and reviews.

  • Brannon
    2019-03-12 16:54

    This is such a brilliant writer, collection, translation. I didn't realize at the time I was reading the first book how truly monumental and awesome this book is. The section entitled "Public Works and Services" clearly argues the proper role of government. It has become my political foundation. And for those of you who subscribe to the idea that all truth can be circumscribed into one great whole, there is a real treat on the last few pages of this two volume set. The full text for this book (both volumes) is available freely online at mises.org. See Bastiat's wikipedia page.This book contains all the important writings of Frederic Bastiat, a French economist of the 19th century. He wrote a lot about how government intervention in economics does nothing but hurt the system. Bastiat himself is responsible for a lot of the arguments that brought us to our current situation of free trade. He is a big pusher of free trade. Anyone wondering why we left the tariff system in favor of free trade should read this book.

  • Samuel Mohr
    2019-03-07 14:03

    Great collection of Bastiat's work. His writing is witty and well-reasoned, and at times becomes a beautiful love letter to liberty. This was written so long ago and yet the subjects discussed and opinions expressed maintain a poignant relevance to political discourse today.

  • ziombel
    2019-03-03 13:55

    Collected Works are a good work for the person who would be interested in the foundations of a free market economy. Although the development of these ideas can be found in Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest & Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics, I would recommend to read the classics, unless someone has a little time. People who already have a basic knowledge of the Austrian School of Economics, in many places may be bored because the author deals mainly with criticism of protectionism. But I think that That Which Is Seen and That Which Is Not Seen is a must for everyone. I recommend this work for those uninitiated in the ASE.//PolishDzieła zebrane są dobrym dziełem dla osoby, która byłaby zainteresowana podstawami wolnorynkowej ekonomii. Chociaż rozwinięcie tych idei można znaleźć W Ekonomia w jednej lekcji, to i tak polecam poczytać klasykę, chyba że ktoś ma mało czasu. Osoby które mają już podstawową wiedzę z zakresu Austriackiej Szkoły Ekonomii, w wielu miejscach mogą się nudzić, ponieważ autor zajmuje się głównie krytykowaniem protekcjonizmu. Jednak uważam że Co widać i czego nie widać jest obowiązkową pozycją dla każdego. Polecam to dzieło dla osób niewtajemniczonych w ASE.

  • Michael Stumborg
    2019-03-05 11:52

    Reading Bastiat will teach you to fully analyze every problem. So many of the Big Government policy failures I wrote about in Hillary Clinton's Village occurred because the well-intentioned architects of these policies just didn’t think all the way through the impact of their proposed policies to consider their secondary effects and unintended consequences. The Family and Medical Leave Act is the quintessential example. Bastiat reminds us that the only difference between a good economist and a bad one is that the bad economist considers what is seen. The good economist also considers what must be foreseen. If every legislator with a “bright idea” understood this, then their legislative remedies to our problems would have far fewer negative unintended consequences. We would waste a lot less money if every member of Congress read Bastiat’s collected works.

  • Connor Boyack
    2019-02-17 10:45

    Bastiat is one of history's leading economists and philosophers. This read was a bit heavy at times (translated from the French) but contained hundreds of powerful nuggets able to be used to refute the fallacies that have persisted over the centuries, now manifesting themselves in Keynesian economic thought and socialist political philosophy. Bastiat (starting with his "The Law") is a must read for anybody interested in liberty.

  • John Howell
    2019-03-15 08:54

    I read many of Bastiat's essays contained in this two volume set previously, and agree with the publisher's description - "If we were to take the greatest economists from all ages and judge them on the basis of their theoretical rigor, their influence on economic education, and their impact in support of the free-market economy, then Frédéric Bastiat would be at the top of the list." Much of Volume II is available free online at http://books.google.com/ .

  • David Mears
    2019-02-28 10:48

    Bastiat was an Economist who was ahead of his time, and perhaps, ahead of ours. He traces out the nature of value, both in its extent and origins, the nature of capital, and the true limits of just government. His answers to complaints are well thought out and thorough. Rarely has the natural growth of wealth and the absurdity of those who oppose its creation been more decisively spelled out. The issues covered reflect his time, but ours equally well. Well worth the read.

  • Grim-Anal King
    2019-03-11 09:49

    I've only read volume one of the collection so far and it is astoundingly good. Of course as a collection unintended by the author it is extremely repetitive but the author had a remarkable knack for exposing economic follies. Unfortunately it seems that today's politicians are either unaware of these follies and the fallacies which support them or they are cynically indulging in them.

  • Joe
    2019-03-06 08:53

    Original thoughts on political economy addressing many economic sophisms, many of which persist today. My favorites were That Which Is Seen, and That Which Is Not Seen, The Law, the Candlemakers Petition.I read these two volumes gradually over the course of 2013-2014.

  • Craig Bolton
    2019-02-28 08:46

    Bastiat Collection by Frederic Bastiat (2007)