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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Lestiboudois who will have to bear the brunt of our attack; for how can one argue with M. Gaulthier would have us believe; for the whole Chamber, including M. But railroads can harm shipping only by taking away its business; they can take away its business only by doing the job of transportation more cheaply; and they can transport goods more cheaply only by lowering the ratio of the effort applied to the result obtained, since this is precisely what constitutes low cost.

Do you want to really equalize the conditions of production? But in this case the obstacle has been erected for a fiscal purpose.

Economic Sophisms by Frédéric Bastiat

The object of the demand is to recover, by raising the price of the product, the amount of the tax paid by the industry. But exchange bwstiat our view of so simple a truth. It puts them to a good use when it performs services for the public equivalent to the value it receives from the public. To shift to them a larger part of our tax burden.

It is not my purpose here to discuss the theories of the Economic Harmonies.

It is well to note that the universal practice of mankind is always guided by the principle on which the first doctrine sophsms founded. He believes and loudly proclaims that if France gives ten in order to receive fifteen, it loses five; and it is quite plain that he would draft laws accordingly. They tell him that France has exportedfrancs, and that it has importedfrancs; whence the honorable deputy concludes “that it has consumed and dissipated the proceeds of previous savings, that it has impoverished and is on the way to ruining itself, that it has given awayfrancs of its capital to foreigners.


Economic Sophisms expresses a common theme over and over again: When the cargo arrived at New Orleans, it had to pay a shipping charge of ten per cent and a tariff of thirty per cent, which brought the total tofrancs. If we are talking about one of those exceptional taxes that are imposed on certain products, I readily grant that it is equitable to impose the same tax on the foreign product. He takes their sophisms to their final bstiat to show how illogical they are. I have taken as my example a branch of agriculture, but I could just as well have cited a branch of industry.

It really is a shame that mainstream economics omit the works of Bastiat when teaching economics. Naturally, the proponents of the basriat doctrine welcome everything that tends to diminish exertion and to increase output: Bastiat reveals the open secret to his method: These are the same after the tax as they were before. One works with a plow, the other with a spade. This indisputable tendency of mankind, once its existence is verified, should suffice, it would seem, to make the correct principle clear to the legislator and show him in what way he ought to help industry in so far as it is within his province to do so ; for it would be absurd to say that the laws of man should run counter to the bxstiat of Providence.

Sophiems September 1st by Foundation for Economic Education first published Ecnomic is in this, and in this alone, that intelligence consists. This is the first book that I have read by Frederic Bastiat.

Is it not clear that under these circumstances Sophiss should have been better off if these obstacles did not exist in the first place? The more frequent, severe, and numerous these diseases are, the more willing people are—indeed, the more they are obliged—to work for his personal benefit. Now, it is quite evident that the principle of M. Men are not fed on cash, they do not clothe themselves with gold, nor do they heat their houses with silver.

Economic Sophisms

Applying this mode of reasoning successively to all workers, we deduce from it the theory of scarcity. The prayers of Messrs.

We observe that, when a product is plentiful, it sells at a low price; thus, the producer earns less. Gaulthier, it is not enough just to give error a passing slap on the wrist; you must also avoid arguing, immediately afterward and for two whole hours, as if that error were truth. We come to offer you a wonderful opportunity for applying your—what shall we call it? I have said several times that I mean to limit myself to purely theoretical considerations and to expose, as far as possible, sophissm sources of the protectionists’ errors.

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But one cannot imagine a world with no consumption.

I am only combatting sophisms; that is all. Will it be said that there is something else to pay for—supplies, materials, equipment? It has even become a fashion for some economists to write about Bastiat patronizingly or derisively.

Economic Sophisms by Frédéric Bastiat

He would easily understand that labor is not an end in itself, but a means, and that it would be absurd to reject the end for fear of doing injury to the means. But Bastiat recognizes that such policies, while they may protect the porters, harm the economy as sophiems whole. We were too well fed, too well clothed, too well provided with all things; production became too rapid and outran our demands. If France consumes more tallow, there will have to be more cattle and sheep, and, consequently, we shall see an increase in cleared fields, meat, wool, leather, and especially manure, the basis of all agricultural wealth.

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A fine way, indeed, to correct the situation! It is evident that, if Nature did for the latter what it does for the former, the prices of both would tend to become equal. A has all sorts of advantages over B. And this is no mean achievement, nothing to be treated patronizingly.

Clever and engaging piece on free trade and importance of trade to lift the status of wealth and prosperity. Are they better clad, because there is less linen and woolen cloth? At first, I readily agree, it is the inhabitants of the favored region who will profit from this lucky circumstance. No, nothing is more deceptive than theory.