I’m currently working on a new post about what Wealth really is. But in the mean time I found an old book that I hadn’t read in a long time by Frederic Bastiat. It is The Law, and it concerns the proper functions of Government in Society.
It can be found online, here: http://bastiat.org/en/the_law.html
Here’s my favorite quote so far:
But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.
This book is a great read for any lovers of liberty.