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If they in turn raise armies to contest your maudit argent bastiat and conquests, the process—"universal war" p. And, tell me, are not these custom-house officers, soldiers, and vessels, these oppressive taxes, this perpetual struggle towards an impossible result, this permanent state of open or secret war maudit argent bastiat the whole world, are they not the logical and inevitable consequence of the legislators having adopted an idea, which you admit is acted upon by no man who is his own master, that "wealth is money; and to increase the amount of money is to increase wealth?


Along with maudit argent bastiat, colonialism imperialismheavy taxes, and the hatred of capital comes "the last and worst, paper money" p.

When maudit argent bastiat, after having ruined men by war and taxes, persevere in their idea, they say to themselves, "If the people suffer, it is because there is not money enough. We must make some. He then reinforces this point by noting that any rare metal can serve as money and that any quantity will be sufficient to serve as money.

The policymaker need not increase the money supply at maudit argent bastiat Money serves only to facilitate the transmission of these useful things from one to another, which may be done equally well with an ounce of rare metal like gold, with a pound of more abundant material as silver, or with a hundredweight of still more abundant metal, as copper.

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According maudit argent bastiat that, if a country like the United States had at its disposal as much again of all these useful things, its people would be twice as rich, although the quantity of money remained the same; but it would not be the same if there were double the money, for in that case the amount of useful things would not increase.

You simply do not make the maudit argent bastiat better off by forcing them to give up useful things in return for newly created money. What is good for the individual more money is not good for the nation as a whole, and Bastiat invents an ingenious game to explain inflation and debasement.

He then explains that money represents value that the holder has provided to someone else in society either by goods or labor, and the holder can take money and exchange it with others for goods or labor of a similar value. You cannot solve the problems of society, nor raise the standard of living simply by increasing the supply of money.

Bastiat's companion asks, why not give an increase in the supply of money a try, even if it will not work. At least it will not cause any harm and will give people some hope that social problems can be addressed.

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Beginning with a fictitious construction similar to what is now referred to as the helicopter model, Bastiat replies "after the issue of paper money and its depreciation, the equilibrium of values should instantly and simultaneously take place in all things and in every part of the country" then "the best thing we could do would be to look at one another and laugh" p.

But this is not maudit argent bastiat it works in the real world. When you force people to take false money in return for real goods and services, the alteration of money creates real changes in the world, and, rather than providing a mechanism for solving real-world problems or even of just providing hope to the poor and the downtrodden, inflation actually creates real problems and injustices for the least advantaged members of society.

I must inform you, that this depreciation, which, with paper, might go on till it came to nothing, is effected by continually making dupes; and of these, poor people, simple persons, workmen and countrymen are the chief. Bastiat notes that a "day's pay of maudit argent bastiat country laborer will remain for a long time at a dollar while the salable price of all the articles of consumption around him will be rising" p.

He goes on to note that, because the rise in prices cannot be "instantaneous and equal for all things" p. But little tradesmen, countrymen, and workmen will bear the whole weight maudit argent bastiat it.

Bastiat tries to summarize his conclusions by noting that "these questions are of the highest importance; for peace or war, order or anarchy, the union or antagonism of citizens, are at the root of the answer to them" p.

Bastiat's companion replies that the state fills men's minds maudit argent bastiat prejudices and sentiments "favorable to the spirit of anarchy, war, and hatred" p. It puts a bandage over our eyes, takes us gently from the midst of the social circle which surrounds us, to plunge us, with our susceptible faculties, our impressionable hearts, into the midst of Roman society.

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How can you expect them to take the slightest interest in the mechanism maudit argent bastiat our social order? The most urgent necessity is, not that the State should teach, but that it should allow education. All monopolies are detestable, but the worst of all is the monopoly of education.

Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality.

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