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Claude Frédéric Bastiat Edit Profile


Claude Arederic Bastiat was a French economist, legislator and writer who championed private property, free markets and limited government.


His public career as an economist began only in 1834 when his first article was published in the Journal des economistes in October of that year.


  • essay

    • Economic Sophisms (1845-1848)

    • To the Electors of the District of Saint-Sever (À Messieurs les électeurs de l'arrondissement de Saint-Séver, 1846)

    • Property and Law (Propriété et Loi, 1848)

    • Government (l'État, 1848)

    • Capital and Interest (Capital et rente, 1849)

    • What is Money? (Maudit Argent, 1849)

    • Taking Five and Returning Four is not Giving (Prendre cinq et rendre quatre ce n'est pas donner, 184X)

    • That Which is Seen, and That Which is Not Seen (Ce qu'on voit et ce qu'on ne voit pas, 1850)

    • The Law (1850)

    • Economic Harmonies (1850)

    • What is Seen and What is Unseen (1850)


After the middle-class Revolution of 1830, Bastiat became politically active and was elected justice of the peace of Mugron in 1831 and to the Council General (county-level assembly) of Landes in 1832. He was elected to the national legislative assembly after the French Revolution of 1848.

Economist Murray Rothbard wrote that "Bastiat was indeed a lucid and superb writer, whose brilliant and witty essays and fables to this day are remarkable and devastating demolitions of protectionism and of all forms of government subsidy and control. He was a truly scintillating advocate of an unrestricted free market."


  • member of the French assembly , France


  • Other Interests

    Bastiat developed intellectual interests in several areas including philosophy, history, politics, religion, travel, poetry, political economy and biography.


Richard Cobden, Adam Smith, John Locke

Arthur Latham Perry, Gustave de Molinari, Ludwig von Mises, Henry Hazlitt, Ron Paul, Thomas Sowell

Justine Bastiat