Let Us Now Try Liberty
God has given to men all that is necessary for them to accomplish their destinies. He has provided a social form as well as a human form. And these social organs of persons are so constituted that they will develop themselves harmoniously in the clean air of liberty. Away, then, with quacks and organizers! Away with their rings, chains, hooks, and pincers! Away with their artificial systems! Away with the whims of governmental administrators, their socialized projects, their centralization, their tariffs, their government schools, their state religions, their free credit, their bank monopolies, their regulations, their restrictions, their equalization by taxation, and their pious moralizations!
And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works.
In case you do not recognize the above quote, it is the concluding section of a work titled The Law authored by Frederic Bastiat in the 1840s. I hope to highlight in a future post why the expressed sentiments were so salient given the intellectual and political environment in which Bastiat lived.
Here is the sacrifice I am calling for: to whomever it applies, give up the socialist fantasy, let us pursue that which actually works.