Bastiat: The Law
“It is not true that the function of law is to regulate our consciences, our ideas, our wills, our education, our opinions, our work, our trade, our talents or our pleasures. The function of law is to protect the free exercise of these rights, and to prevent any person from interfering with the free exercise of these same rights by any other person.”
- This is from Bastiat’s The Law, one of the great political essays to emerge from the whole Continental world of the 19th century.
Copyright strays outside of what the Law is justified to do.