THAT WHICH IS SEEN AND THAT WHICH IS not seen
The classic treatise on economic clarity and obscurity
Introduction by Gary Furnell | Foreword by Peter Fenwick
Paperback, 120 pages, $29.95
Release Date: Feb 2024
That Which is Seen and that Which is Not Seen is witty and AND THAT WHICH IS not seen enlightening. Those aren’t the usual descriptors of an economics book. But Frédéric Bastiat knew his insights were more likely to be considered and embraced if they were delivered with a persuasively light tone. He also knew that arcane jargon and prolixity were the common obfuscations of politicians and their treasury officials, so plain speech and easily-understood examples would aid his readers’ understanding. In economics, as in philosophy, clarity is courtesy.
Bastiat wanted us to foresee the consequences of economic decisions; it can be done with a little effort, and the benefits of attending to foreseeable consequences are immense. Reading his classic treatise will help train us in this valuable habit. Not one of Bastiat’s precepts is out-dated. They are as relevant today as they were one hundred and seventy years ago when he was assessing the French government’s policies and actions.
That Which is Seen and that Which is Not Seen is an enduring work combining brevity, levity and depth.