The International Policy Network awarded Robert Guest its Frédéric Bastiat Prize for Journalism Tuesday in New York. Guest is the Africa editor of "The Economist" and author of "The Shackled Continent." From the press release:
Guest won the prize for his 2003 survey of Africa for The Economist. Second prize ($3000 and a crystal candlestick) was awarded to John Stossel, co-host of ABC News 20/20 and author of "Give Me A Break" (Harper Collins, 2004), whose winning articles ran in Reason magazine and on ABCNews.com. An honourable mention (and a crystal candlestick) was awarded to Munir Attaullah, a columnist for the Daily Times in Pakistan.
The Bastiat Prize for Journalism is awarded annually by International Policy Network, a London-based think tank. The $10,000 prize was inspired by the 19th-century French philosopher Frédéric Bastiat, who used satire and wit to explain complex economic and political issues in ways the average reader could understand.
And it's not only awards Bastiat inspires. He can inspire all of us with this crystal clear quote:
"Everyone wants to live at the expense of the State. They forget that the State lives at the expense of everyone."