Bastiat asserted that the sole purpose of government is to defend and
protect the right of an individual to life, liberty and property. From
this definition, Bastiat concluded that the law cannot defend life,
liberty and property if it promotes socialist policies, which are
inherently opposed to these very things. In this way, he says, the law
is perverted and turned against the only things (life, liberty, and
property) it is supposed to defend.