Newsday's Lane Filler and Ross Clark of The Times and The Spectator are the co-winners of Reason Foundation's 2013 Bastiat Prize, which honors the writing that best demonstrates the importance of individual liberty and free markets with originality, wit, and eloquence.
"Lane Filler and Ross Clark, each in their own way, channel the spirit of Bastiat to communicate the importance of freedom to the pursuit of happiness," said Julian Morris, vice president of Reason Foundation and founder of the Bastiat Prize.
Filler and Clark split $15,000 in prize money and received engraved crystal candlesticks at the Reason Media Awards tonight in New York City.
Dhiraj Nayyar of India Today was awarded third-place and $1,000. Honorable mentions went to The Economist's Tamzin Booth, Stephanie Slade of U.S. News and World Report, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Kyle Wingfield.
Previous Bastiat Prize winners include Virginia Postrel, Anne Jolis, Tom Easton, Bret Stephens, John Hasnas, A. Barton Hinkle, Amit Varma, Jamie Whyte, Tim Harford, Mary O'Grady, Robert Guest, Brian Carney, Sauvik Chakraverti and Amity Shlaes.
In celebration of Reason magazine founder Lanny Friedlander, who passed away in 2011, the first-ever Lanny Friedlander Prize was awarded to Wired co-founders Louis Rossetto and Jane Metcalfe for their impact helping people understand the power of free minds and free markets through Wired's analysis of technology, business, and culture.