The Law

Author: Claude Frédéric Bastiat  | Date: 1850


Mr. de Saint-Cricq would extend his philanthropy only to some of the industrial groups; he would demand that the law control the consumers to benefit the producers.

Mr. Considerant would sponsor the cause of the labor groups; he would use the law to secure for them a guaranteed minimum of clothing, housing, food, and all other necessities of life.

Mr. Louis Blanc would say- and with reason- that these minimum guarantees are merely the beginning of complete fraternity; he would say that the law should give tools of production and free education to all working people.

Another person would observe that this arrangement would still leave room for inequality; he would claim that the law should give to everyone- even in the most inaccessible hamlet- luxury, literature, and art.

All of these proposals are the high road to communism; legislation will then be- in fact, it already is- the battlefield for the fantasies and greed of everyone.


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Chicago: Claude Frédéric Bastiat, "The High Road to Communism," The Law Original Sources, accessed September 25, 2022,

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