Journal of Libertarian Studies

Law and Liberty: A Comparison of Hayek and Bastiat

The Journal of Libertarian Studies

This paper compares the work of two pioneers in the field of law and liberty: F. A. Hayek and his predecessor, Frédéric Bastiat. Both these writers treat government by law as a necessary condition for the emergence of a free-market system; and they also warn that the substitution of distributive for commutative justice will impair individual freedom.

Volume 5, Number 4 (1981)


Dorn, James A. "Law and Liberty: A Comparison of Hayek and Bastiat." Journal of Libertarian Studies 5, No. 4 (1981): 375–397.

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