The Law: A Classic Blueprint for a Just Society Frederic Bastiat Publisher: Simon & Brown:
Written before one of the many French Revolutions, The Law is a how-to guide to making a libertarian style government. Bastiat encourages his readers to stop the cycle of what he calls, “legal plunder”, and to reiterate that every man has “a right to defend his person, his liberty and his property.” He further explains, that the law is the collective organization for the individual right to defense. Not only did I realize my political beliefs from reading this book, I also learned techniques in writing non-fiction. For example, the way Bastiat presents his material contributes to the flow of the book. He explains what legal plunder is, and then gives the reader a real world application. Bastiat’s political philosophy is well rounded and complete.