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Subject Area: Economics
Subject Area: Political Theory
Topic: Socialism and the Classical Liberal Critique
Topic: Property

Gustave de Molinari, Les Soirées de la Rue Saint-Lazare: Entretiens sur les lois économiques et défense de la propriété [1849]

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Les Soirées de la Rue Saint-Lazare: Entretiens sur les lois économiques et défense de la propriété (Paris: Guillaumin, 1849).


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Following the rise of socialism in France during the 1840s and the 1848 Revolution, one of France’s leading free market economists wrote a fictitious “dialogue” between an economist, a conservative, and a socialist, in order to expose the folly of socialism, to demonstrate how economic laws operated, and to defend the right of property. Les Soirées is also famous for the 11th conversation in which Molinari argues for the first time that many public goods, even police and defence services, might be provided voluntarily by the free market.

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