Advanced Topics in Liberty

Liberty and Responsibility in the Thought of Frédéric Bastiat

Conference for Students - Oct 11-13, 2013

Discussion leader: Nikolai Wenzel

Session I - Discussion: Man and Society.

Bastiat, Frederic. Economic Harmonies [1850]. Edited by George B. de Huszar. Translated by W. Hayden Boyers. Irvington-on-Hudson: The Foundation for Economic Education, 1996. “To the Youth of France” (pages xxi–xxxvii), selections from Chapter 1, “Natural and Artificial Social Order” (pages 1–9), and Chapter 4, “Exchange” (pages 59–98).

Session II - Discussion: Value and Property

Bastiat, Frederic. Economic Harmonies [1850]. Edited by George B. de Huszar, Translated by W. Hayden Boyers. Irvington-on-Hudson: The Foundation for Economic Education, 1996. Selections from Chapter 5, “On Value” (pages 99–122 and 132–141), selections from Chapter 8, “Private Property and Common Wealth” (pages 199–214), and selections from Chapter 9, “Landed Property” (pages 260–266 and 272–283).

Session III - Discussion: Property, Plunder, and the State

Bastiat, Frédéric. The Law,” “The State,” and Other Political Writings, 1843-1850. Edited by Jacques de Guenin. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2012. Chapter 7, “The State” (pages 93–104), Chapter 9, “The Law” (pages 107–146), and selections from Chapter 10, “Property and Plunder” (pages 170–177).

Session IV - Discussion: Bastiat as a Social Economist.

Bastiat, Frederic. Economic Harmonies [1850]. Edited by George B. de Huszar. Translated by W. Hayden Boyers. Irvington-on-Hudson: The Foundation for Economic Education, 1996. Chapter 14, “Wages” (pages 361–406).

Session V - Discussion: Bastiat’s Economic Sophisms I.

Bastiat, Frédéric. Selected Essays on Political Economy (Fourth Edition). Edited by George B. de Huszar. Translated by Seymour Cain. Irvington-on-Hudson: Foundation for Economic Education, 1995. Selections from “What is Seen and What is Not Seen” (pages 1–46).

Bastiat, Frédéric. Economic Sophisms. Edited by Arthur Goddard. Irvington-on-Hudson: Foundation for Economic Education, 1996. First Series, Chapter 7, “A Petition” (pages 56–60) and Chapter 17, “A Negative Railroad” (pages 94–95).

Session VI - Discussion: Bastiat’s Economic Sophisms II.

Bastiat, Frédéric. Economic Sophisms. Edited by Arthur Goddard. Irvington-on-Hudson: Foundation for Economic Education, 1996. First Series, Chapter 20, “Human vs. Mechanical Labor and Domestic vs. Foreign Labor” (pages 102–106), Second Series, Chapter 7, “A Chinese Tale” (pages 182–186), and Chapter 16, “The Right Hand and the Left” (pages 258–265