The Law is a classic book written by Frederic Bastiat that tells about the laws, the liberty and just human conducts. One does not have to be a philosopher, a lawyer, an educator or a professional in order to be able to read and understand this book. Bastiat has clearly presented his ideas on liberty that even uneducated people can understand them.
The topic of this book, The Law, is significant and relevant for professionals and students as well as it widen the views of its readers regarding the importance of personal liberty. It made the readers clearly see that the greatest single threat to liberty is the government. The government put the liberty of the people at stake through the laws they made and promulgated. Bastiat cited the law of the United States as an example, whose proper domain is the protection of every person’s liberty and property. Yet, if we are going to analyze the law, one can see that the special order does not rest on a firmer foundation and was kept within its proper domain.
Most of the laws issued and promulgated by the government violate the liberty and property of its people as the laws permit the state to initiate violence against those who have not initiated violence against another. It made the government look upon the people as raw materials to be formed into social combinations. Take the case of death penalty; death is not the stated penalty for disobedience, but if a person refuses to submit to government’s sanction meaning that person violates the law, he is sentenced to death penalty.
As a conclusion, this book is highly recommended for undergraduates and students to read for it opens the views of readers to realize that the laws of a country is after the security and safety of its people. However, as Bastiat noted, it is the arbitrary control and abuses of the government, as its traditional affairs, that threatens and endanger the liberty of the people.
Bastiat, F. (1998). The Law. New York: Foundation for Economic Education.