"Bastiat Prize for Writers Who Defend the Institutions of the Free Society"

-- including the new $3,000 Online Journalism prize -- is now open. Full details at; the deadline for submissions is June 30. "Started in 2002, the Bastiat Prize was inspired by 19th-century French philosopher Frédéric Bastiat’s compelling defence of liberty and eloquent explanations of complex economic issues. Judges have included former UK Chancellor Lord Lawson, Pulitzer prize-winning author Anne Applebaum, former Bastiat Prize winner and best-selling author Amity Shlaes, Lady Thatcher and Nobel laureates James Buchanan and the late Milton Friedman."

"Last year’s competition" -- which didn't include an Online Journalism category -- "attracted over 250 entrants from more than 50 countries. The winner was Barton Hinkle, deputy op-ed editor and columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Second and third prizes went to Swaminathan Aiyar, Consulting Editor of the Economic Times and Times of India, and Fraser Nelson, Political Editor of The Spectator. Previous winners include Amit Varma of Mint (India), Robert Guest of The Economist and Brian Carney of The Wall Street Journal."

ChrisTS (mail):
Not to nitpick, or anything - Bastiat's defense of 'liberty' was pretty much limited to a defense of private property. Nothing wrong with that, but hardly as glorious as a full-bore defense of all human liberty-rights.
5.30.2009 11:06pm
Just Dropping By (mail):
Bastiat's defense of 'liberty' was pretty much limited to a defense of private property. Nothing wrong with that, but hardly as glorious as a full-bore defense of all human liberty-rights.

I don't think that's correct. Bastiat definitely has essays addressed to slavery, free speech, and freedom of conscience, which were major issues of his day.
5.31.2009 10:43am
ChrisTS (mail):
JDB: Have you got some references? I admit, I was thinking only of his volume on the law and his arguments against 'socialism.'
5.31.2009 12:46pm
Just Dropping By (mail):
Unfortunately I don't have the time to offer a complete list of essays, but I'll recommend sections six through nine of this piece from Joseph Stromberg on Bastiat, which has citations to Bastiat's works:

Also Bastiat's essays on national education standards has a number of implicit points on social liberalism:

Most of Bastiat's works are available here if you'd like to check Stromberg's cites:
5.31.2009 1:32pm
Milton Freidman as the arbiter of freedom? The "free market" ends up a Siren song. Without control, the marketplace ALWAYS ends up a monopoly, (the chief justice is installed because he makes the Microsoft antitrust case go away, and the lesser judges for enforcing "get government out of the boardrooms and into the bedrooms", etc. and also what generally appears to be the unspoken judicial requirement of a common fetish for cruelty and death).

Monopoly has to destroy the "useless eaters", (since it cares only for profit), hence, it is a magnet for the eugenicists, (think World Bank policy).

Why do you suppose in that pro-Friedman video that Linda Chavez is an ardent laissez-faire advocate (yet a staunch moralist against sexual freedoms and pornography, in real life during that time as one of America's foremost Prudes) or Arnold Schwarzenegger bemoaned government controlled economies yet then went straight into government so he could control everyone and everything personally?

Where you find a party that touts glories of an unbridled "Free Market", you will generally find those that hate the liberal Arts and the Humanities and who conspire to criminalize and kill both.

It is telling that John Maynard Keynes married the prima ballerina, about whom Judith Mackrell tells us how Lydia Lopokova "later led Diaghilev's American tour, but the ballets unleashed waves of hysterical prurience, with the Kansas police chief telling 'Dogleaf' that he would not 'stand for your highbrow immorality'."

There are other fields and disciplines that instruct us on the human condition (beyond that platitude that the mere "free market"-defines-freedom swindle hawked by pure-profiteers), such as Anthropology, (the study of Man), Ethology (the study of animal and human behavior, particularly the "hard-wiring", ie., evolutionary traits, instinct, or intuition) and Cybernetics, (the study of {control of} animals, humans and machines).

Of course, our opinions themselves remain largely shaped by operant conditioning.
5.31.2009 2:41pm

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