Saturday, May 20, 2006

Cash prize for free market writers

Writers and journalists may enter their work for a US $10,000 prize -- writers and journalists that is, "whose published works promote the institutions of a free society: limited government, rule of law brokered by an independent judiciary, protection of private property, free markets, free speech, and sound science." So that's about four of you in New Zealand.

If you're one of the four then have a look at the 2006 Bastiat Prize for Journalists, inspired by the 19th-century French philosopher, journalist and free trade populariser Frédéric Bastiat. Entries close on 30 June, 2006.

And if you're not sure who Frédéric Bastiat was (bio here), his Economic Sophisms and 'The Law' are required reading for any student of liberty and markets, and both can be found complete and online! The Law here. Economic Sophisms here. His essay 'What is Seen and What is Not Seen' is a perfect example of his entertaining style, and it formed the basis for Henry Hazlitt's book, Economics in One Lesson -- also now available online.

LINKS: Bastiat Prize, 2006 - IPN
The Law, by Frédéric Bastiat - online at the Library of Economics & Liberty
Economic Sophisms, by Frédéric Bastiat - online at the Library of Economics & Liberty
'What is Seen and What is Not Seen,' by Frédéric Bastiat - online at the Library of Economics & Liberty
Economics in One Lesson, by Henry Hazlitt - Foundation for Economic Education

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