Frédéric Bastiat (1801-1850) was a French economist, statesman, and author. He was the leader of the free-trade movement in France from its inception in 1840 until his death in 1850. Bastiat was the founder of the weekly newspaper Le Libre Échange, a contributor to numerous periodicals, and the author of sundry pamphlets and speeches dealing with the issues of his day. Most of his writing was done in the years directly before and after the Revolution of 1848a time when France was rapidly embracing socialism. As a pro-free-market deputy in the Legislative Assembly, Bastiat opposed this trend vigorously. His works includes Economic Sophisms, The Law, and That Which Is Seen, And That Which Is Not Seen.