Birthplace Bayonne, France.
Offices and Honours Leading founder of Associations pour la lebertˇ des ˇchanges ; Secretary, Paris Assoc.; Member, Constituent Assembly, 1848, subsequently Legislative Assembly.
Publications Books: 1. Economic Harmonies (1849), ed. G. B. de Huszar (1964); 2. Economic Sophisms (1846), ed. A. Goddard (1964).
Career Inspired by the successes of the British Anti-Corn Law League, he became a lifetime campaigner for free trade. His brilliant first article in this vein in the Journal des Economistes (1844) was succeeded by his popular series of Sophismes ˇconomiques (1845). These included the famous `Petition of the candlemakers', a tatirical attack on protectionism using the analogy of candlemakers who petition for the suppression of unfair competition from sunlight. He also directed controversial writings at Proudhon and the socialist writers. His Harmonies ˇconomiques , of which a first volume appeared before his death, was an attempt at a systematic exposition of his economic ideas. His analysis is considerably inferior to his satirical powers, and his theory of value, rejecting the Ricardian emphasis on costs and sacrifices for a system based on the exchange of services, is perhaps the most interesting contribution.
Secondary Literature H. Curand, `Bastiat, Frederic', International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, D. L. Sills (ed.) (Macmillan and Free Press, 1968), vol. 2; G. C. Roche III, Frederic Bastiat: A Man Alone (Arlington House, 1971).