by Frederic Bastiat
"Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thingbeing done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposedto any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We objectto a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain."- Frederic Bastiat
Though written over 150 years ago in France, The Law reads as if it had been written yesterday. His insight are both startling and fresh - a feast for the mind.