Dec. 9, 2011
6-8 PM CST-Tonight on AxXiom For Liberty Live with Kaye Beach and Howard Houchen we will be covering the latest news, taking your calls and talking with our special guest Charlie Meadows about ‘The Law’.
He has written a regular opinion column in the Oklahoma Constitution Newspaper since 1991, wrote an opinion column in the Edmond Sun Newspaper twice a month for over a year and currently writes a weekly e-mail commentary as the Chairman of the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee (OCPAC).
Charlie is what people from the deep south where I was raised called “a character” which, if you didn’t know, is a position southerners hold in high esteem. When you have done enough, and lived long enough to see your own mythology created around you-you know you are a character.
Back in 2007, when I was just getting my political feet wet, Charlie did a great thing for me. He introduced me to “The Law” by Frederic Bastiat.
This slim little book written by a Frenchman had a big impression on me and I return to it anytime I need clarity on what the role of government is supposed to be and why which is often these days.
“Law”, says Bastait, “is organized justice” Is it just me or does that make perfect sense?
Howard and I often say we try to make sense of the insensible, I think our guest tonight, Charlie Meadows and “The Law” will help us do just that.
The Foundation for Economic Education, Inc. writes;
The Law, first published as a pamphlet in June, 1850, is already more than a hundred years old. And because its truths are eternal, it will still be read when another century has passed. Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850) was a French economist, statesman, and author. He did most of his writing during the years just before — and immediately following — the Revolution of February 1848. This was the period when France was rapidly turning to complete socialism. As a Deputy to the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Bastiat was studying and explaining each socialist fallacy as it appeared. And he explained how socialism must inevitably degenerate into communism. But most of his countrymen chose to ignore his logic. The Law is here presented again because the same situation exists in America today as in the France of 1848. The same socialist-communist ideas and plans that were then adopted in France are now sweeping America. The explanations and arguments then advanced against socialism by Mr. Bastiat are — word for word — equally valid today. His ideas deserve a serious hearing.
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