The call in America for campaign finance reform has been nothing if not incessant over the last many years. Legislation and regulations that pertain to political campaigns are complex and multiplying. They are spawned by those who think too much is being spent on elections and that legislators are spending too much of their time trying to raise money. (For my part, that is one of the least offensive things they do!) But Frederic Bastiat, long ago, understood why so much money and effort goes into political campaigns. When you use government to organize society rather than protect individuals, you necessarily encourage predators to move into the political arena. What is worse, otherwise good and peaceful people are forced into the political arena to fight for self-evident rights. It's all rather costly to society as Bastiat observes.

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