While I don’t wish to reproduce on this blog the entirety of Frederic Bastiat’s “The Law”, I believe the author should have an opportunity to rebut comments made on my previous quote of him regarding the definition of socialism.
I’m often challenged in political arguments with progressives, particularly on Twitter, to define socialism. My opponents claim that I’m abusing the term. I’m inclined to see such a claim as an example of conversational terrorism, but it happens often enough and I care enough about productive dialog that I’ve decided to relent and offer a definition. I might not have done so entirely to my satisfaction had I not been listening to an audiobook version of Frederic Bastiat’s “The Law” this morning. I offer here his laudably simple and clear definition.