Monday, January 21, 2008

Bastiat and the Youth

Ron Paul mentioned in his recent message that "Frederic Bastiat predicted many years ago that liberty would be saved by the young." Here's an example of Bastiat's belief in those youth:

"Eagerness to learn, the need to believe in something, minds still immune to age-old prejudices, hearts untouched by hatred, zeal for worthy causes, ardent affections, unselfishness, loyalty, good faith, enthusiasm for all that is good, beautiful, sincere, great, wholesome, and spiritual—such are the priceless gifts of youth. That is why I dedicate this book to the youth of France. The seed that I now propose to sow must be sterile indeed if it fails to quicken into life upon soil as propitious as this."

-- Frederic Bastiat, "To the Youth of France," introduction to his book Economic Harmonies

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