Selected Essays on Political Economy
This book contains the essay The Law which he wrote in 1848 and other famous articles like the Petition of the Candlemakers.
Pink Floyd asked "Mother can I trust government?" in a song of their album Another Brick in the Wall. Bastiat's answer would be big NO! Bastiat was a judge and member of the French national assembly, but due to an illness could not speak loud enough and because microphone and amplifiers were not yet available in his time, he couldn't broadcast his message. He died very young just at the beginning of his political career with age 50.
Quotes from Frederic Bastiat's The Law: "Citizen cannot at the same time be free and not free." and "The state is a fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else." and "We must wait until we have learned by experience -perhaps cruel experience- to trust in the state a little less and in mankind a little more."
The German translation of most of the essays contained in this book is entitled Der Staat die große Fiktion