SOPHISMS. Frédéric. Bastiat. Translated from the French and Edited by. ARTHUR GODDARD. Introduction by. HENRY HAZLITT. Foundation for Economic. Economic Sophisms [Frédéric Bastiat, Arthur Goddard, Henry Hazlitt] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The essays in Economic Sophisms. Bastiat’s “Economic Sophisms”, translated by Dr. Patrick James Stirling, were eagerly welcomed by students of political economy who were not really familiar.

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In society, with the division of labor that it entails, the production and the consumption of an object are not performed by the same individual. No one has ever seen, and no one ever will see, any person who works, whether he be farmer, manufacturer, merchant, artisan, soldier, writer, or scholar, who does not devote all the powers of his mind to working better, more quickly, and more economically—in short, to doing more with less. It is clear that this would definitely bar the iron from the French market, since it could no longer be sold for less than thirteen francs, that is, eight francs net price and five francs for the tax, and that at this price it would be driven from the market by French iron, which we assumed to be only twelve francs.

We have, in fact, desperate need of them.

Suppose I need to travel to a point a hundred leagues away. Makes good points and is eloquently written, but is also super repetitive. For one, the author died bastuat the prime of life from tuberculosis during a period of time when he could have had a great influence on the practical politics of France and instead of being able to serve his country loyally and faithfully for more decades he instead left a group of texts of which this is one in which h There is a sense of sadness that a reader has about a book like this one.

It does no good for its fundamental principles to be discovered unless they are applied, and they will not be applied unless they are widely understood.

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A friend told me I should read Bastiat, because so many of my arguments sounded like him. Lestiboudois and the Chamber will view this shipwreck as a clear net profit offrancs for France.

What I have said of printing can be said of all the tools of production, from econo,ic nail and the hammer to the locomotive and the electric telegraph.


So while the former methods may lead to higher cash incomes, they lead to less wealth to be had for all, while the latter method, though it may include dislocation from time to time, leads to abundance economiic greater wealth for all, even the cash-poor.

Surely that would generate even more work for the porters. And what is the remedy? Their products, which represent less labor, are less well remunerated; in other words, they are cheaper, and if all the gifts of Nature result in lower econonic, evidently it is not the producing country, but rather the consuming country, that reaps the benefit. Very well, says Bastiat. But they also have a much different clientele, and this fact suffices not only to redress the balance but even to tip it to their side.

Let its go back to the thirteenth century.

How does this process take place? What gives this work its unique quality and places it among the classics spphisms economic literature is not econoic the logical rigor with which each fallacy is demolished, but the highly original and striking way in which the author uses wit, irony, satire, dialogue, and apologue to reduce erroneous ideas to patent absurdity, as, for example, in his famous and often separately translated petition of the candlemakers for protection against the competition of the sun.

For the present, I shall confine myself to the problem of ascertaining whether a superiority in one respect and an inferiority in another do not, in the end, counterbalance each other and thereby tend to reach a true equilibrium.

This has really whet my appetite for more of his books. As for comparative advantage of course it will be beneficial in a case with only 2 countries but what about a case with ?

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From the point of view of the producer, competition doubtless often clashes with our immediate self-interest; but, if one considers the general aim of all labor, i. In the example cited above, the differences in the value of various pieces of land bastita what compensate for the differences in their fertility. Let us see, then, whether the two conflicting principles that I have just described do not prevail, by turns, the one in the practice of industry, the other in industrial legislation.

Thus, we must again conclude that protectionist sophisms not only deviate from the truth, but are contrary to it, are, in fact, at the opposite pole from it. He would have to eschew the use of ecobomic plow, basitat tilling the soil by hand would satisfy his twofold desire for dearer bread and more abundant toil. Economics is not a foggy morass where up is sometimes down, left can be right, baastiat there are no absolute truths.


Often, this action takes the form of impeding human progress: By means of this customs duty, they say, the conditions of production economicc be equalized; and the Chamber, yielding as always to this kind of reasoning, imposes a duty of ninety centimes on foreign oranges. He could breathe and nourish himself only with difficulty. The argument that I have just set forth considers him only from the first of these points of view.

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When he prefers a good plow to a poor one; when he improves his pastures; when, in order to turn over his soil, he substitutes as far as possible the action of the wind for that of the harrow or the hoe; when he summons to his aid all the processes whose power and efficacy science and experience have shown him; baatiat has and can have only one goal: The greater it is, that is, the scarcer, the more inaccessible, the more difficult to transport, the more remote from the blast furnaces the ore is, the more manpower all the branches of this industry will employ.

Absolutely brilliant, proving economic sophis,s need not be dry or boring, and also showing how very relevant to daily living it remains. The law of supply and demand stands in the way. Providence bastkat seen to it, by means as simple as they are unfailing, that there should be simultaneous dispersion, diffusion, interdependence, and progress.

But then an ingenious machine is invented that fells the oak, squares it, divides it into staves, assembles them, and transforms them into wine-barrels. The consumer becomes richer in ecconomic as he buys everything more cheaply; he buys things gastiat cheaply in proportion as they are abundant; hence, abundance enriches him; and this argument, extended to all consumers, would lead to the theory of abundance!

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