Monday 7 December 2009

Templeton Essays

My paper inbox today has the announcement of the 2010 Sir John M. Templeton Fellowships Essay Contest. This year's topic:
"Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget the state wants to live at the expense of everyone." - Frederic Bastiat (1801 - 1850).

Assuming Bastiat is correct, what ideas or reforms could be developed that would make people better aware that government wants to live at their expense?
My student Brad Taylor won the student division of last year's contest; I strongly encourage folks who did well in my public choice classes to enter the contest.

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