April 23, 2012. World Book and Copyright Day

Today I am joining the celebration of the World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Days) a yearly event on 23 April, organized by UNESCO to promote readingpublishing and copyright. The Day was first celebrated in 1995 and in 2012 the UK World Book day was celebrated on March 1, 2012.[1]

As part of my celebration I am sharing with you some quotes from one of my favorite books.  This year I have chosen the book “The Law” written by Frederic Bastiat.  The book was first published as a pamphlet in June, 1850  and later became widely read in Europe and the world.

Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.” ― Frédéric Bastiat, The Law

In The Law, Bastiat states that “each of us has a natural right — from God — to defend his person, his liberty, and his property”. The State is a “substitution of a common force for individual forces” to defend this right. The law becomes perverted when it punishes one’s right to self-defense in favor of another’s acquired right to plunder.

Bastiat defines two forms of plunder: “stupid greed and false philanthropy”. Stupid greed is “protective tariffs, subsidies, guaranteed profits” and false philanthropy is “guaranteed jobs, relief and welfare schemes, public education, progressive taxation, free credit, and public works”. Monopolies and Socialism are legalized plunder which Bastiat emphasizes is legal but not legitimate.

If you are interested in reading more about this ideas here are the links to the book,

The Law (English Edition) via Amazon.com

La Ley (Spanish Edition) via Amazon.com

La Loi (annoté) (French Edition) via Amazon

Amazon’s Best Books for December

Christmas is almost here and many of you are getting ready to go out traveling on holidays.  I will be studying and writing essays until the days before Christmas and won’t have much time to read a nice novel.

Nonetheless, I found this list of Book Recommendations from Amazon that may be interesting for those of you looking for fiction book recommendations. I am already planning to buy one of the books from the list.  I already read Bolano’s “The Third Reich” and strongly recommend it!

Best Books of the Month
Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Hardcover  |  Kindle book
Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil by Tom Mueller
Hardcover  |  Kindle book
The Third Reich by Roberto Bolano
Hardcover  |  Author page
Alexander Girard by Todd Oldham
Hardcover  |  Author page
420 Characters by Lou Beach
Hardcover  |  Kindle book
The Drop by Michael Connelly
Hardcover  |  Kindle book
Atlas Shrugged
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand 
Hardcover  |  Kindle book
The Leopard by Jo Nesbo
Hardcover  |  Kindle book
The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1 by Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Hardcover  |  Author page
The Angel Makers by Jessica Gregson
Hardcover  |  Kindle book

Friday Book Review: “1493” by Charles C. Mann

Reviewed by Marek Kohn, Financial Times

“In hindsight, 1492 might have been a good point at which to reset the calendar. Traditionally, the year in which Columbus discovered America is seen as the moment Europe began to shape a New World. Today it looks more like the start of a process that has stitched the drifting continents back together: 1492 was the Year Zero of globalisation, and 1493 was Year One.”

Read More: “1493” – book review at FT.com