"The law perverted! And the police powers of the state perverted along with it!
The law, I say, not only turned from its proper purpose but made to follow an entirely contrary purpose! The law become the weapon of every kind of greed! Instead of checking crime, the law itself guilty of the evils it is supposed to punish!
If this is true, it is a serious fact, and moral duty requires me to call the attention of my fellow-citizens to it." - Frederic Bastiat, The Law (e-book, English translation).
Related articles and posts:
1. Biography of Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850) - Mises.org.
2. The Law by Frederic Bastiat (audio book) - Free Audio.
3. Works of Bastiat and web links - Bastiat.org.