Life, liberty and property precede all human legislation

December 26, 2013 by History in a Hurry

Life, faculties, production—in other words, individuality, liberty, property—this is man. And in spite of the cunning of artful political leaders, these three gifts from God precede all human legislation, and are superior to it.

Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.

-Excerpt from The Law by Frederic Bastiat

Read the PDF of Bastiat’s entire treatise here:

http://www.fee.org/library/detail/the-law-3#axzz2oce4KhB6

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