Legal plunder

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The legal plunder,[1] in the thought of the economist Frédéric Bastiat, is the finding that the State constituted a vast machine that is purposely designed to take the property of some people without their consent, and to transfer it to other people.[2]

But the term acquires its full meaning when the stripping is done to the detriment of the majority of citizens in favor of the elites.[3]

The functioning of the state generally consists of providing public services indivisible, funding them with tax whose level is measured at a general level, with the apparent tax burden or the tax burden legal and individual level with the effective tax rate or with the total tax rate or the tax wedge.

The taxation performs several functions including the most important one is to implement policies of income redistribution in a spirit of social cohesion if the taxes applied are progressive.

The legal plunder can be considered a form of income redistribution from the poor to the wealthy conducted by the State mediate the application of its laws that implement the function regressive taxation.

The legal plunder in the political-economic thought[edit]

In economic thought, a pattern of legal plunder is described starting from the assumption that the State can be used as a tool by which they are forcibly removed from the property to the community, to get her, always in compliance with the law, to a small group.

This has happened in history and occurs when particular groups that reach the levels of the power of the State, acting in a coordinated manner create a body of law that applied, acts as a redistribution of income from the masses towards these groups.

While in the past the imposition of rules took place in a coercive manner in illiberal regimes, this pattern was maintained and expanded even in modern democratic states with the implementation of the rules ultimately generate the same result.

Then in the early forms of the modern state, there have been implementations of standards that clearly favored the elite, with taxation, monopolies, forms of contribution clearly unbalanced in regard to the implementation of standards of authoritarian regimes or with limited forms of democracy and supported by the propaganda of regime and repression.

In democratic states with universal participation in democratic life, the elites have maintained and implemented new schemes of legal plunder broadening the scope of the beneficiaries and passing the management of repression of dissent, relegating it to a minority, through the disinformation of the public opinion fed with the modern means of mass communication.

If you do not then identify the mechanisms underlying a scheme of spoliation law, you do not understand the strategies applied in the mass disinformation.

Over time, you can not locate a particular political party e.g. right or left as an actuator of a particular pattern as the resulting complexity determines, a continuing involvement of multiple actors.

The elite then operate in very broad guidance of the State with the objective of long-term as well as short term, but always with the same purpose: to transfer the wealth coercively by the community to the elites.

Predation in the Frédéric Bastiat's thought[edit]

At the base there is an absolute moral philosophy that develops on the natural law.

The study of human societies allows the discovery of natural laws by using mainly the economy and history with both the scientific and empirical observation.

Moral philosophy thus defined applies to all human beings from the humblest to the highest summits to the rulers and politicians.

The wealth (property) can be acquired in two ways:

  • Doing their own business based on exchange contracts freely agreed in by "producers";
  • With theft (including all activities of their disappearing unintended) perpetrated by "predators".

The predation activity is objectively measured by the study of history.

The legal plunder comes from the observation that predators were placed at the head of state and have developed their predation activity by introducing laws that implement it.

To do this, their activity is justified as an exception to the universal moral principles, spreading a moral code intended to "magnify" it.

The victims of the predators are deceived by deception, fraud by the use of sophistry, creating disinformation, hiding the reality with widespread complicity in the apparatus of state control.

The revelation of legal spoliation is a task of the political economists such as Bastiat, as they have the tools and skills to unravel the laws that contain the tricks, gimmicks and refute the lies, misinformation, the truth hidden from the victims (people common).

Only those political economists can free the state from such predators or locate them at the time of the organization of new spoliation legal for him to assume the role of the real guardian of its citizens which must be in a company for good.

The technique of legal plunder[edit]

The legal plunder is by definition, through the law implemented by force by the State or its agencies.

In a first phase through the regulation of legal plunder is created an asset prey or fund or the assets through the public debt, by to plunder.

In the second phase by a further regulation of legal plunder, the asset prey is assigned to the elite.

The state operates the redistribution of the wealth of its citizens by working on two fronts:

  • Taxation or taxation
  • Provision of services

From this simple distinction can easily distinguish that the techniques of legal plunder can be detected by identifying which groups are privileged by a regressive taxation or facilitated by privileged services or favor, compared to the majority.

To understand the technique of legal plunder must identify:

  • The elite;
  • The looted;
  • The asset prey;
  • The scope of coverage of the rules of legal plunder;
  • The law of asset accumulation prey;
  • Legislation hoarding asset prey;
  • Control multiple organisms but ineffective;
  • Management of disinformation.

The elites[edit]

The elites are the groups that organize, manage and benefit from the legal plunder.

The looted[edit]

Looted are the victims of plunder and those that make up the asset prey under the requirement of the regulations implementing the legal plunder, against their will.

The asset prey[edit]

The asset prey is the wealth that is accumulated and legally looted and redistributed to the elite.

The aim of coverage of the rules of legal plunder[edit]

Rules of legal plunder must have a purpose for which coverage seems to be developed e.g. public pensions, the construction of public works, public services in general.

The scope of coverage is not mandatory, however, an element present.

Frédéric Bastiat called fallacies and sophistries how to implement the legal dispossession that is split so the illusion of wanting to achieve with existing public interest objectives.

E.g. Iraq war with started on the basin of false proof to cover the weapon market or fossil energy policy.

The legislation[edit]

The legislation on the basis of legal plunder can have these features that make it unreadable:

  • Legal jargon;
  • Dispersed in other standards;
  • Rules without article titles;
  • Long articles of the law;
  • No single text;
  • Emergency regulations;
  • Continuous change of legislation.

The management of disinformation for the assertion of legal plunder[edit]

The mechanisms of legal plunder are implemented over a long period of time or quickly.

In the case of long-term mechanisms, the elite tend, in addition to organizing the rules of spoliation, even to manage the disinformation to allow the survival of the system.

Some modern examples of legal plunder in Europe and in the world[edit]

  • The tax havens
  • The banking system "too big to fail"
  • The financial system of derivatives
  • The bubble in technology stocks
  • The crony capitalism

See also[edit]


  1. ^ David Hart. "Frédéric Bastiat on Legal Plunder". Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  2. ^ David Hart. "Frédéric Bastiat on Legal Plunder". Retrieved 2014-04-30. the State (which he often wrote as THE STATE) is a vast machine that is purposely designed to take the property of some people without their consent and to transfer it to other people. 
  3. ^ David Hart. "Frédéric Bastiat on Legal Plunder". Retrieved 2014-04-30. he identifies the particular groups that have had access to State power at different times in history in order to plunder ordinary people. These include warriors, slave owners, the Catholic Church, and more recently commercial and industrial monopolists. 


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