quotes tagged with 'injustice'

I defy anyone to say how even the thought of revolution, of insurrection, of the slightest uprising could arise against a government whose organized force was confined only to suppressing injustice.
Author: Frederic Bastiat, Source: The Law, p. 70Saved by cboyack in liberty government revolution law force justice injustice anarchy rebel 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
A science of economics must be developed before a science of politics can be logically formulated. Essentially, economics is the science of determining whether the interests of human beings are harmonious or antagonistic. This must be known before a science of politics can be formulated to determine the proper functions of government.

Immediately following the development of a science of economics, and at the very beginning of the formulation of a science of politics, this all-important question must be answered: What is law? What ought it to be? What is its scope; its limits? Logically, at what point do the just powers of the legislator stop?

I do not hesitate to answer: Law is the common force organized to act as an obstacle to injustice. In short, law is justice.
Author: Frederic Bastiat, Source: The Law, p. 67Saved by cboyack in politics liberty government society science economy law force economics injustice 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Actually, what is the political struggle that we witness? It is the instinctive struggle of all people toward liberty. And what is this liberty, whose very name makes the heart beat faster and shakes the world? Is it not the union of all liberties -- liberty of conscience, of education, of association, of the press, of travel, of labor, of trade? In short, is not liberty the freedom of every person to make full use of his faculties, so long as he does not harm other persons while doing so? Is not liberty the destruction of all despotism -- including, of course, legal despotism? Finally, is not liberty the restricting of the law only to its rational sphere of organizing the right of the individual to lawful self- defense; of punishing injustice?
Author: Frederic Bastiat, Source: The Law, p. 51Saved by cboyack in liberty fight freedom tyranny war despotism struggle justice injustice 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
As a friend of mine once remarked, this negative concept of law is so true that the statement, the purpose of the law is to cause justice to reign, is not a rigorously accurate statement. It ought to be stated that the purpose of the law is to prevent injustice from reigning. In fact, it is injustice, instead of justice, that has an existence of its own. Justice is achieved only when injustice is absent.
Author: Frederic Bastiat, Source: The Law, p. 29Saved by cboyack in government power law justice injustice 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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