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209 years ago today, in southwestern France, a man who Joseph Schumpeter was later to call “the most brilliant economic journalist who ever lived” was born: Frederic Bastiat.  Sadly, this gifted writer and unmatched communicator of economics died of tuberculosis only 49 years later.

To learn more about Bastiat, you can do no better than to read Sheldon Richman’s “Annotated Biography of Frederic Bastiat.”