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Bastiat Collection

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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 moment

Hardcover, 1000 pages
Published August 22nd 2007 by Ludwig von Mises Institute
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Feb 05, 2009 Michelle rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 09, 2013 John Boettcher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 05, 2009 Brannon rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone wondering if the government has overstepped their bounds.
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 (b ...more
Oct 21, 2015 ziombel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: newbie in economics
Shelves: ase
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 protectioni ...more
Michael Stumborg
Aug 08, 2015 Michael Stumborg rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: economists, legislators, high schol students, high school teachers
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 ...more
Oct 18, 2015 Joe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: economics
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.
David Mears
Feb 19, 2013 David Mears rated it it was amazing
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.
John Howell
Aug 07, 2008 John Howell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: economics
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 .
Connor Boyack
Sep 04, 2011 Connor Boyack rated it it was amazing
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.
Grim-Anal King
Sep 06, 2011 Grim-Anal King rated it it was amazing
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.
Craig J.
Sep 23, 2010 Craig J. rated it it was amazing
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Claude Frédéric Bastiat (29 June 1801 – 24 December 1850) was a French classical liberal theorist, political economist, and member of the French assembly.
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