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Bastiat-Proudhon Debate Online

Over the course of several months from late 1849 through early 1850, French classical liberal economist Frédéric Bastiat and French anarcho-socialist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon conducted a lengthy debate on the nature and legitimacy of interest. In 1879, an English translation (by American individualist anarchist Benjamin Tucker) appeared – but incomplete, and in an obscure venue. Thus most of this debate has not been widely available in English since 1879; and parts of it (including Bastiat’s final reply to Proudhon) have never been translated into English until now. Check out the Bastiat-Proudhon Debate.

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