CF&P Announces Winners of 2010 Free Market Video Contest

Center for Freedom and Prosperity Foundation

For Immediate Release
Monday, March 10, 2011
202-285-0244

www.freedomandprosperity.org

CF&P Announces Winners of
2010 Free Market Video Contest

(Washington, D.C., Thursday, March 10, 2011) The Center for Freedom and Prosperity Foundation (CF&P) has selected the winners of its first annual free market video contest. The contest seeks to identify, encourage, and reward the “new media” policy entrepreneurs with the most compelling messages for liberty.

With entries from dozens of people from numerous countries, the contest successfully motivated individuals across the globe to speak out in their own way for economic freedom.

Celebrity judge and George Mason University economics professor, columnist, radio talk show host and author, Dr. Walter E. Williams was joined by Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute, Richard Rahn of the Institute for Global Economic Growth and Andrew Quinlan of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity in judging the videos.

The winning video, entitled “Lilliputian Liberty,” makes a powerful case for decentralization. It describes the hypothetical United States of Lilliput, where Lilliputians learn that centralized decision-making by government results in unhappiness and conflict. Submitted on behalf of the University of Virginia’s Young Americans for Liberty chapter by John Woods and Ian Downie, the video’s creators will be awarded the $1,000 first prize.

Lilliputian Liberty
1st Prize in CF&P Foundation’s First Annual
Free Market Video Contest (2010
)

“We are pleased with the result of our video contest,” said CF&P President Andrew Quinlan. “We look forward to growing participation in the future, and expect even more great videos demonstrating the importance of economic liberty. New media is increasingly important in public policy education, and it is the next generation that must be most prepared to advance the twin causes of freedom and prosperity,” he concluded.

Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute remarked that, “Contestants displayed a lot of creativity, both in terms of production and concepts. It was very difficult to pick finalists, much less select the top three.”

All entrants demonstrated a unique appreciation of economic liberty, but only eight – the top 3 videos plus 5 honorable mentions – could be awarded recognition.

List of Winners and Video Links:

  1. Lilliputian Liberty ($1,000 – 1st Place Prize)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=691nxdMbXaE
    Lilliputian Liberty looks at the concept of governmental involvement in citizens’ personal lives.
  2. Redistribution Nation ($500 – 2nd Place Prize)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mcu6hUbpKdY
    This video describes how the principle function of government is no longer providing essential services, but has morphed into redistribution.
  3. The Substitution Effect ($250 – 3rd Place Prize)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYk5x8Vx4wU
    This interactive video demonstrates how the substitution effect works to create perverse incentives from even well-intentioned market interventions.

Honorable Mention Awards ($100 prize each)

Links to CF&P Produced Videos:

As one of the first such organizations to embrace the medium, CF&P is a proven leader in online free market video education. The Center’s two most successful video lines have combined for more than 1.7 million documented views.

Economics 101 Educational Series
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/econ101/econ101.shtml

Economic Lessons Series:
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/videos/videos.shtml

For additional comments:
Andrew Quinlan can be reached at 202-285-0244, andy@freedomandprosperity.org
Dan Mitchell can be reached at 202-218-4615, dmitchell@cato.org

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