Newsday's Lane Filler and The Times' Ross Clark Win Reason Foundation's Bastiat Prize

Wired co-founders Louis Rossetto and Jane Metcalfe receive the Lanny Friedlander Prize


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. 

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  1. Lanny’s prolly on the rev limiter in the grave; he saw a time when YAF was a viable alternative to SNCC.
    RIP, pal.

    1. *thirty seconds of googling later*

      Ahah, yes.

  2. engraved crystal candlesticks for their next cocktail party.

    1. It is quite certain that in seeing the people who treat us so well despite their own misfortune, we are more obliged than ever to work hard for their happiness. The King seems to understand this truth.

  3. Kinda late for a new post, no?

    1. Since I’ve been working too much to participate in the am/pm links, I dig the late night posts.

      That way I can get help to clean up the bile of disappointment sprung forth from Harsanyi’s The Tao of Christie.

      So terrible. DAVE WE HARDLY KNEW YE.

      1. Christie is a product of a Northeastern Republican tradition that is expert at running bureaucracy, not standing athwart history, yelling Stop. He’s a politician like everyone else ? in some ways, even more true to the vocation than others. Actually, the factors that make someone like Rand Paul and Christie compelling are entirely different. The latter doesn’t spend too much time reflecting on democracy’s role during Jim Crow (as interesting a topic as that might be), he wants to know where the &%#@&?$%# money is for Sandy relief. That’s why Christie probably wouldn’t sound like a very good Senator, though there is the strong possibility that he might make a very good national candidate.

        Gawd, I just puked all up in my pants.

        Expect a lot more of this sort of practical-politics-electability bullshit in the next year or two. And after Christie wins the nomination expect him to be painted as some sort of AnCap by both the liberals in the media and the republican shills we have around here. Blargh.

    2. Kinda, but a note I posted over in the drone privacy thread is getting response. Looks like some folks are poking around after dinner.

  4. Um, last?

  5. If Radley Balko hasn’t won yet, he should!

  6. Amity Shlaes is hot

  7. Lane Filler? He do a lot of transportation articles, stuff on traffic and the like?

  8. Sounds like a familiar plan to me man.

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