Monday, August 30, 2010

What then, is the law?

Bastiat could have been talking about the new health control law. Don't be fooled by the new tactic of the White House and Democrats, the PPACA can not be fixed, or improved. It is constructed on an improper concept of law, and an improper view of justice.

"What, then, is the law? It is the collective organization of the individual right to lawful defense. ... since an individual cannot lawfully use force against the person, liberty, or property of another individual, then the common force -- for the same reason -- cannot lawfully be used to destroy the person, liberty, or property of individual groups. ... But, unfortunately, law by no means confines itself to its proper functions. And when it has exceeded its proper functions, it has not done so merely in some inconsequential and debatable matters. The law has gone further than this; it has acted in direct opposition to its own purpose. The law has been used to destroy its own objective: It has been applied to annihilating the justice that it was supposed to maintain; to limiting and destroying rights which its real purpose was to respect. The law has placed the collective force at the disposal of the unscrupulous who wish, without risk, to exploit the person, liberty, and property of others. It has converted plunder into a right, in order to protect plunder. And it has converted lawful defense into a crime, in order to punish lawful defense."
-- Frederic Bastiat(1801-1850) French economist, statesman, and author. The Law, 1850 (emphasis mine)

The PPACA needs to be repealed, not revised.


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