Frédéric Bastiat, Defender of Sound Economics

Although he died at the young age of 49, French journalist and politician Frédéric Bastiat wrote dozens of pieces and thoroughly demolished the economic fallacies that were in vogue in his country over 150 years ago. Some of these, like his Petition from the candle makers, are worth more than the hundreds of treatises that have been written on trade policies as an efficient and clear demonstration of the absurdity of protectionism.Unfortunately, this same sophistry continues to feed public policy debate even today!

Links of interest

Media release: The Montreal Economic Institute launches Frédéric Bastiat, Defender of Sound Economics in New York

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