Bastiat: To See or Not To SeeAbstract:One of the most important liberal theorists of his time, Claude Frédéric Bastiat began as an economic journalist and lobbyist for the free-trade. It took him some years before he made the transition from journalist to theorist, when discovering he had both a facility for writing and some profound insights into how the free market operates. But then he ran out of time when his illness ended his life and he did not have time to flourish fully. Bastiat was indeed a superb writer. His brilliant and witty essays are remarkable to this very day. He was the first, and one of the very few, to be able to convincingly communicate the basic propositions of economics. Bastiat strongly believed that what was really needed was a science of economics that would explain the harmony of a free society. He made a major contribution to this end himself by publishing his incomplete magnum opus Harmonies of Political Economy
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