Translated and edited by Raoul Audouin, Providence and Liberty takes Frédéric Bastiat’s writings and presents them in a brilliant synthesis of Christianity and economic liberty. These philosophically enlightening extracts deliver key ideas on liberty, economic philosophy, and faith. Taken from his essays, letters, and famous writings (such as Economic Sophisms, Economic Harmonies, and The Law), these important economic excerpts speak directly about today’s turbulent economic conditions.
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Readers of The Law know that Bastiat was a devoutly religious man. Nowhere is this more evident than in Providence and Liberty. . . . This volume is an exciting and long overdue contribution to the limited amount of Bastiat’s writings that are available in English. . . . This little book will introduce the reader to a rare and wonderful human being who has brilliant insights into the necessary connection between Christianity and liberty. Those who are already fans of Bastiat will find that this book adds another dimension to their appreciation, those who read and reread The Law will find this a perfect companion volume.
—Edmund Opitz, Congregationalist minister
Frédérick Bastiat (1801–1850) was a French political economist and classical liberal theorist. Born in Bayonne in southern France, he worked in his family’s export business after finishing school at 17. Despite longing to further his education, time and time again circumstances denied him the opportunity. After the middle-class revolution in France in 1830, Bastiat became politically active and gradually rose in political prominence before, during, and after the second French Revolution. His life was cut short in 1850 by tuberculosis.