For most readers today Bastiat's work might not read like that of an economist. The issues he deals with are broad and the arguments he uses are tempered by a variety of disciplines. Bastiat's is not the narrow, insular economics we have perhaps become accustomed to. readders will also find Bastiat refreshingly devoid of "technical economics". Bastiat came before attempts to turn economics into a "science" and consequently he is more apt to apply logic rather than mathematical wizardy to his problems. Bastiat might also not find favour with many economists today due to his liberal bent (in the old sense of the term). Claude Frederic Bastiat believed in the freedom of markets with a fervour, this belief would not permit him to entertain thoughts of fine-tuning economies (if he were to admit the existence of such a thing as an "economy" that is).
the Austrian method derives from a long line of deductive economic thought stretching from the 15th century to the modern era and including such major economists as Richard Cantillon, David Hume, A.R.J. Turgot, Adam Smith, Jean-Baptiste Say, David Ricardo, Nassau Senior, John Elliott Cairnes, and Claude Frédéric Bastiat.
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