“Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Thus the beneficiaries are spared the shame, danger, and scruple which their acts would otherwise involve. Sometimes the law places the whole apparatus of judges, police, prisons and gendarmes at the service of the plunderers, and treats the victim — when he defends himself — as a criminal.”

— Frédéric Bastiat, The Law, 1850.

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Bust of Bastiat, economist and author

Sources:

http://tinyurl.com/mcrcr9z

http://tinyurl.com/nxjqcjs

http://bastiat.org/en/the_law.html

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