The Law

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La Loi
(1st original edition)  
Author(s) Frédéric Bastiat
Country France
Language French
Subject(s) Politcal economy
Genre(s) Non-fiction
Publication date 1850
Media type Print
Pages 75 p.
The Law
(1st translated edition,
part of "Essays on Political Economy")
The Law (2007 ed) cover.jpg
Author(s) Frédéric Bastiat
Original title La Loi
Translator Patrick James Stirling
(w changes by David Wells)
Country United States
Series Essays on Political Economy
Subject(s) Politcal economy
Genre(s) Non-fiction
Publisher G.P. Putnams & Sons
Published in
Media type Print
OCLC Number 4161572

The Law, original French title La Loi, is an 1850 essay by French economist Frédéric Bastiat. It was written at Mugron two years after the third French Revolution and a few months before his death of tuberculosis at age 49. The essay was influenced by John Locke's Second Treatise on Government and in turn influenced Henry Hazlitt's Economics in One Lesson.[1] It is the work for which Bastiat is most famous along with The candlemakers' petition and the Parable of the broken window.


  1. Although Hazlitt was more influenced by "Ce qu'on voit et ce qu'on ne voit pas", as he mentions in the foreword to his book

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