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Of the more than 140 articles Jasay has written for Econlib since 2002, a little more than 20 (18 percent) show striking similarities to the style and method of Bastiat's economic sophisms.
a quodam dialectico ex Platonis diatriba per contumeliam propositum, 'a sophism of that kind .
The central theme of Bastiat's writings was that the market is the source of society's harmonies, while the sophisms of special interest legislation introduce discord and injustice in society.
In other words," says the editorial, "there is no reason whatsoever for the antipatriotic obstruction, for the calls to violence, for the threats and the ideological rhetoric, the sophisms, the falsifications, and the censurable manipulation of students.
The most important factor, Binetti said, was that Christians, scientists, and especially women, worked together to denounce the sophisms behind slogans like "vote for the liberty of research," and "for the health and self-determination of women.
The Court said it could not be asked "to affect a technical ignorance of the existence of a war, which all the world acknowledges to be the greatest civil war known in the history of the human race, and thus cripple the arm of the Government and paralyze its power by subtle definitions and ingenious sophisms.
Both the fanatical friends and the fevered critics of the French Revolution tended to confuse the sophisms that justified revolutionary terror with the principles that are at the foundation of free or moderate politics.
It had been translated earlier (Theodore Kermit Scott, Sophisms on Meaning and Truth [New York: Appleton-Century-Croft, 1966]) and can be likened to current works containing material on paradoxes.
He performs the role well when he chooses to, often puncturing Will's sophisms with the sharp edge of a well-chosen fact.
Waxing in a plethora of discursive premises -- namely, up-to-date bouts of syllogisms, cartesianisms, sophisms, and more -- in "Rien n'est perdu" the narrator confronts early-afternoon hours, "ces heures lourdes poisseuses .
It is, however, of great service to point them out; for the doctrine of idols bears the same relation to the interpretation of nature as that of the confutation of sophisms does to common logic.
In an observation with unfortunate resonance with our own historical moment, Stael concludes that "son plan, pour parvenir a dominer la France, se fonda sur trois bases principales: contenter les interets des hommes aux depens de leurs vertus, depraver l'opinion par des sophismes, et donner a la nation pour but la guerre au lieu de la liberte" (365) ["his scheme for arriving at the dominion of France rested upon three principal bases--to satisfy men's interests at the expense of their virtues, to deprave public opinion by sophisms, and to give the nation war for an object instead of liberty" (441)].