Individualism, then, accomplishes the task that the sentimentalists of our day would entrust to brotherhood, to self-sacrifice, or to some other motive opposed to self-love.
The accusation that competition tends toward inequality is far from true. On the contrary, all artificial inequality is due to the absence of competition;
What is theory except the methodical presentation of universal practice?
We cannot feel another persons’ wants; we cannot feel another person’s satisfactions; but we can render services to one another.
And besides, am I betraying my trust when I reflect on the causes of the storm and strive to act accordingly?
It is a far cry from a social order founded on the general laws of humanity to an artificial, contrived, and invented order that does not take these laws into account or denies them or scorns them—an order, in a word, such as some of our modern schools of thought would, it seems, impose upon us.
In the same way, the value of an industry is based only on the wealth of its customers.
If there were no more thieves among us, we would all be upright and happy! This is socialism’s statement of principles!
In a word, Mr. Bastiat is devoted body and soul to the Republic, to freedom, to equality, and to progress; he has proved this on many occasions brilliantly through the way he has voted in the National Assembly.