Full text (translated to English) can be found under the link above.
My own audio recording of the same. It’s free!
I have read this book several times now, and it always produces a fury of righteous indignation, and an encouragement to justice and liberty. To read it is to understand, as the text is so simple that I can not imagine any serious misunderstanding arising from it. However, Bastiat does fail on several points, mostly in the direction of personal refutations which are, to the current audience, largely irrelevant. Even so, the timeless nature of the text shines through these odd moments. I highly recommend anyone interested in political discussions peruse this little gem.
If time is scarce, one may omit the second half, as it is largely a refutation of the role of “classical education” in the downfall of enlightened society. As such education has been largely abandoned, I find it markedly less useful than the other parts of the text. Still, for those who are curious about the disadvantages of classical culture, this text also provides an interesting perspective on the topic. If you pick up the text again for the last few paragraphs you will not have missed much of material importance.
I have no doubt that this text is an education to itself in the foundations of governance. Ignore it at your peril, and enjoy it when you can!