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Entre os economistas franceses, Fredéric Bastiat merece ocupar um lugar de destaque. Sua obra completa se compõe de sete volumes. Reunimos aqui alguns textos que, às vezes com humor, às vezes com rigor, desenvolvem as ideias às quais Bastiat consagrou toda a sua existência.

Um princípio domina toda sua obra: A lei deve proteger a personalidade, a liberdade e a propriedade d
Paperback, 2ª edição, 159 pages
Published 2011 by INSTITUTO LUDWIG VON MISES BRASIL (first published June 1st 1968)
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Mar 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Frederic Bastiat is an economic genius. His work is timeless because he excoriates a government that steals from one group to give to another under the rubric of welfare, or helping the downtrodden. By definition it is stealing from one group to enrich another. The government, be it 19th century France, or 21st century America (strange how he praises mid 1800's America except for slavery because of their economic freedoms, which we've since given up) will laud the "impulse" they have exerted on ...more
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Bastiat, in his usual entertaining, simple style outlines what seem to be complicated questions of economics and not only makes them accessible, but makes clear the costs and benefits of each proposed path and its opposite. Some may question whether there is any benefit to reading a Frenchman writing in the first half of the 19th century; yet the questions he faced are the same that plague us today, and we would do well to consider how the "solutions" we have been bringing to bear for decades ar ...more
Nathan Albright
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This collection of essays contains five of the essays of this well-known and sadly all too shortly-lived French economist who explores the various ways that someone who is essentially proper and conservative can appeal to a large group of readers in speaking economic truths that are sometimes difficult to understand for many people.  Two of the essays in this book I have already read and commented on at length elsewhere in my writings about this economist [1], namely "The Law," which is the fift ...more
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ugh. I enjoy reading Bastiat because his prose is well-worded, but the content is the exact same drivel I hear from intelligent libertarians today.

He tosses out a lot of explanations that were great then but which have since been amended and debunked. It's got holes in it, just like those modern libertarian arguments. And that is honestly exhausting. To me, it has always seemed that libertarian economics should be called "Econ for people who only ever took intro-economics."

F - "Taking from one m
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bastiat was certainly a man ahead of his time when it came to espousing political-economic theory, and his ideas are at the heart of classical liberalism and free-market economics. The insights gained during such a short life can be attributed to the times in which he lived, serving in public office after the Revolution of 1830 and in the French national assembly following the revolution of 1848, against the background of the French socialist movement. It's this historical backdrop that makes Ba ...more
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the book! It was a relief to finally have a book by someone who wants to bring economics to the people (rather than making people run away screaming "this is so boring!"). If someone wanted to learn what in the world economics was, I would direct them to this book right away. Bastiat makes basic economic ideas easy to understand through the "seen and unseen" concept. I will say it got a little repetitive, but I can see how it's useful to really drive the point home in someone new to the su ...more
Mark Geise
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Essays on Political Economy” is the first work I have ever read by Bastiat beyond quotes and excerpts. I come away very impressed with his lines of reasoning and his simple examples to depict more complicated economic interactions and concepts. Bastiat is a precursor to the Austrian school of economics; he believes that government intervention in the economy does more harm than good and that paper money is extremely dangerous. He believes that government should exist only to protect private pro ...more
Sumirti Singaravel
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone interested in economics, political economy, government vs private arguments.
Where the purpose of the book 'The Law' by Mr.Bastiat ends, the necessity of his 'Essays on Political Economy' begins.

Originally published as a pamphlet, 'The Law' was written to appeal the public at large. It flows with brilliant eloquence, with sentences constructed in active voice, instructing, revealing and lambasting the over-reach of the government in formation of law to use it as a tool of plunder, instead of employing the same to protect the liberty and property of man. He had further ex
Otto Lehto
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good and easy-to-read collection of Bastiat's polemical, witty and sharp essays.

It includes the ever-green "The Law", which is a fantastic piece of polemical writing in the right-libertarian tradition. I have reviewed it elsewhere; it remains fantastic.

"That Which is Seen" is a rhetorical masterpiece. It contains the famous "broken window fallacy" but it treats a whole plethora of subjects under the sun (that which is seen), and in the shadows (that which is not seen). The rhetorical e
Mar 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone should require themselves to read this book. Though written in the middle of the 19th century in France, it addresses the important policy questions facing the citizens of the United States (and indeed other nations as well) in a manner so timely one is reminded of the line in Ecclesiastes, "[w:]hat has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun."

It's translation is in the public domain and available for free at Stylistic
Pedro Jorge
"it all comes to the same thing: political economy, justice, good sense, are all the same thing"

while this book is not flawless, its central message is of the utmost importance for Humanity and Civilization. Liberty brings the development and prosperity of Mankind and Economics is the science that shows how this is true. All those econometrics of nowadays are just mist that is shrouding common sense and the efforts of fellow human beings to aspire to a better life.
This book was released in 1874,
Pedro Faraco
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
ALGUNS DOS ENSAIOS mais importantes de Bastiat sobre economia política — escritos em estilo bem humorado e didático — que impressionam por terem sido produzidos há mais de 160 anos.

No clássico "O Que Se Vê E O Que Não Se Vê", o autor revela os efeitos negativos e nocivos de ações governamentais aparentemente positivas. Em "O Estado", Bastiat busca por uma definição para o termo título e acaba por encontrar aquela que acabou se tornando uma de suas citações mais famosas. Em "Petição" ele simula u
Sep 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“That which is Seen …” is probably one of the best political economic essays in existence. If only this was required reading in high school, Bryan Caplans Myth of the Rational Voter may not have been necessary.
Not as concise a treatise as "The Law," but it deserves four stars simply for containing the "broken window fallacy." So eloquent and so simple, but apparently beyond the comprehension of Paul Krugman.
May 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nick by: Ian Hosking
Eloquent and brilliant.
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent stuff. I've said it before, I'll say it again. I love the clarity of thought and the relevance.
Matthew Hockley
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is where you start. Bastiat accurately analyzes, dissects and destroys one fallacy and false view after another. He covers economics, government, consequences and the law. This is a must read.
R.K. Goff
Economy is generally boring, but Bastiat can be a snoot sometimes, and that's always fun.
Josh Kraushaar
Historically relevant, incredibly repetitive.
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book, provides great and accessible insights on free market political economy
Marcelo Reis
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sensacional. Bastiat é um autor que todos deveriam ler. Seus textos são simples e, ao mesmo tempo, poderosos e atuais.
Nov 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How did this guy get so dang smart? How can he see things so clearly that people love to confuse? Amazing!
Marts  (Thinker)
A series of essays by Bastiat focusing on the duties of government in relation to the liberties of individuals...
Everyone's reading Hayek's The Road to Serfdom lately--this guy's worth the time invested in making economic reality comprehensible.
Fantástico, de leitura fácil e clara.

Um livro que todo mundo que se interessa por economia deve ler. A leitura é fácil, sem termos técnicos, e os exemplos continuam atuais.
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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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