Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on June 16, 2013

in Civil Society

… is from page 434 of Liberty Fund’s 2011 collection of Frederic Bastiat’s writings, The Man and the Statesman: The Correspondence and Articles on Politics - which is the first volume in what will eventually be six volumes of The Collected Works of Frederic Bastiat; specifically, this quotation is from Bastiat’s 1848 essay “Laissez-faire”:

It is not that freedom has no disadvantages, since everything has these.  To use these disadvantages in argument against it is to say to a man trapped in the mire: Do not get out, as you cannot do this without some effort.

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