I cannot tell you how strongly I feel about this statement: the socialist brainwashing being forced onto captive public school students, as evidenced at how easily people believe that Big Government will take care of them and insulate them from 'bad things," must be stopped. Just toss that Constitution--it doesn't give me "free" healthcare. Promulgating Bastiat's The Law is one way of counteracting this brainwashing, so I am glad to see the Foundation for Economic Education sponsoring this essay contest. First place wins $1000 & will be considered for publication.
Essay Contest on The Law and Economic Freedom
FEE invites students to read The Law by Frederic Bastiat and address one or more of the questions below. Students participating in speech and debate are invited to reference their current debate topic as well.
Since an individual cannot lawfully use force against the person, liberty, or property of another individual, then the common force cannot lawfully be used to do it. Why not? Why does Bastiat refer to such a use of force as a perversion of force?
Since the law organizes justice, why should it not also organize labor, education, and religion? What is the author's answer to this question? How does the law commit legal plunder when used to promote charity? Education? Morality and religion?
“Socialism confuses the distinction between government and society.” How, according to the author? Do you agree? Explain.
Bastiat asks on page 23, “How did politicians ever believe this weird idea that the law could be made to produce what it does not contain—the wealth, science, and religion that, in a positive sense, constitute prosperity?” How does he answer this question?
What is liberty? Give Bastiat's answer (pages 39–40). Do you agree? Explain.
“A science of economics must be developed before a science of politics can be logically formulated” (page 51). Give the author's explanation of this statement.
Essays must be 2,000–3,000 words in length
Midnight (EDT), January 15, 2009
The Foundation for Economic Education's 2008 Essay Contest on The Law and Economic Freedom is open to high school and homeschool students.
The Law is available at no charge for contest participants. Available online here (pdf).
Go here for the contest rules.