Thursday, August 18, 2016

Frederic Bastiat

It came to my attention last week that some members of the family are not familiar with Frederic Bastiat's "Candle Makers' Petition", presented to the French Parliament in 1845 as a satirical critique of protectionist policies and occupational licensing generally.

A PETITION: From the Manufacturers of Candles, Tapers, Lanterns, sticks, Street Lamps, Snuffers, and Extinguishers, and from Producers of Tallow, Oil, Resin, Alcohol,and Generally of Everything Connected with Lighting.

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