The Seductive Lure of Socialism


Here I encounter the most popular fallacy of our times. It is not considered sufficient that the law should be just; it must be philanthropic. Nor is it sufficient that the law should guarantee to every citizen the free and inoffensive use of his faculties for physical, intellectual, and moral self-improvement. Instead, it is demanded that the law should directly extend welfare, education, and morality throughout the nation.

This is the seductive lure of socialism. And I repeat again: These two uses of the law are in direct contradiction to each other. We must choose between them. A citizen cannot at the same time be free and not free.”

Frédéric Bastiat

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2 Responses to The Seductive Lure of Socialism

  1. Birkin Bag says:

    Excellent text together with great debate among the comments.

  2. debtobey says:

    Hi. Love it. At last someone who spoke clearly about socialism.

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