Lots of Great Reading Here

by Don Boudreaux on November 6, 2011

in Economics, Education

Congratulations to Tom Easton, Jeff Jacoby, Virginia Postrel, and Salil Tripathi for winning this year’s Bastiat Prizes for Journalism.  Well-done and very much deserved!

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Adam November 6, 2011 at 11:08 am

The dreaded apostrophe!

(“Lot’s” of Great Reading Here)

Don Boudreaux November 6, 2011 at 11:17 am

Yep. Thanks. Im chagrined. ;-)

Jon Murphy November 6, 2011 at 11:53 am

Yep. Them apostophe’s are crafty critters. They sneak in where you least expect ‘em.

Shelby November 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Hey you guys -
“Lots” should not have an apostrophe!!!

Shelby November 6, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Oh, I get it -
maybe you fixed it earlier today!
If so, sorry!

Invisible Backhand November 6, 2011 at 11:48 am

Bastiat Prize leads to International Policy Network leads to Exxon. Total search time about 45 seconds.

Mr. Easton won in part for an Economist piece headlined Bamboo Capitalism. It concluded, “Too many people—not just third-world dictators but Western business tycoons—have fallen for the Beijing consensus, the idea that state-directed capitalism and tight political control are the elixir of growth. In fact China has surged forward mainly where the state has stood back. ‘Capitalism with Chinese characteristics’ works because of the capitalism, not the characteristics.”

Ms. Postrel won in part for a piece on government laws banning old-fashioned light bulbs, which she described as “crony capitalism with a touch of green.”


An economics professor at George Mason University, Russell Roberts, who is also a fellow at the Hoover Institution, Russell Roberts, also spoke, quoting UCLA economist Edward Leamer who said, “we are pattern-seeking, story-telling animals.” He noted that in 1945, Keynesian economists predicted a collapse after a 60% decline in government spending as World War II ended. In fact, there was a boom.

The awards dinner was at the Four Seasons restaurant in Manhattan.

You just forgot he went?

Ghengis Khak November 6, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Let’s just set aside the rest of your garbled comment and focus on this:

“Bastiat Prize leads to International Policy Network leads to Exxon. Total search time about 45 seconds.”

These clumsy ad-homs get kinda boring.

Do I get to throw away pro-government arguments if I can connect their source to federal money?

Jon Murphy November 6, 2011 at 9:08 pm

It’s his classic misdirection. Rather than discuss facts or propose alternate theories, he just makes random leaps of “logic” that have absolutely nothing to do with anything.

Invisible Backhand November 7, 2011 at 11:00 am

“Follow the money”

–Deep Throat

Jon Murphy November 6, 2011 at 11:56 am

Congrats to Jacoby, one of the bright spots of Boston journalism. I’m disappointed his article on Cash for Clunkers wasn’t rated higher by the judges, but c’est la vive. Congrats to all winners!

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