Thorpe-Freeman Blog Contest

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Last Month's Winner

Babatunde Onabajo wins $250 for "The Free-Market and the No True Scotsman Fallacy".

Accepting entries for this month's issue: "Can This Man Save Healthcare?"


The Freeman aims to inspire, educate, and connect. If you've come away from one of our articles thinking there was more to say on an issue, we want to hear about it. If it's particularly compelling, we'll reward you—to the tune of $250 and publication in the online version of The Freeman. So enter your blog post into the Thorpe-Freeman Blog Contest and join the conversation!

Eugene Stephenson Thorpe (1913–2001) was born in Elroy, Wisconsin, and graduated from Cornell University with a degree in civil engineering. An early critic of FDR and the changes his policies made in the fabric of American life, Mr. Thorpe’s core beliefs included hard work, free trade, small government, and self-reliance.  He was a longtime supporter of the Foundation for Economic Education and a devoted reader of The Freeman. His children have fittingly established the Eugene S. Thorpe Award as a tribute to his life and ideas.


  1. Choose one article from the most recent Freeman issue linked above.
  2. On your blog (or on a blog you have permission to post with), write about the Freeman article in a way that engages readers, perhaps shows the article in a different light, or allows readers to see the subject matter in a different way. (You don’t have to agree with the author, just write a good post).
  3. Be sure to link to the Freeman article in your post.
  4. Publish your article.
  5. Submit via email a link to your blog post to Be sure to put Thorpe-Freeman Contest in the subject line. Include your name and phone number in the email, too, in case we need to contact you as the winner. Multiple submissions welcome.


Winning posts for the Thorpe-Freeman Blog Contest

  1. should be no more than 1,000 words
  2. will be the author’s original writing
  3. will show persuasiveness, creativity, clarity, correct grammar, substance, and style
  4. will link to the original Freeman article


  • Contest opens on the first business day of each month.
  • Submissions are due by 11:59:59 (Eastern time) on the 25th of each month.
  • Winners will be announced on the same day as the next month’s contest announcement.

Rules and Conditions

Permissions - By entering the Thorpe-Freeman blog contest, you grant permission for The Freeman to reuse, reprint, and otherwise reproduce your blog post in its entirety on all FEE outlets and on any outlet of our associated partner organizations.

Rejection - The panel of judges for the Thorpe-Freeman Blog Contest reserves the right to reject any entry for any reason whatsoever. We also reserve the right not to choose any blogger’s submission in a given month.

Notification - Only winners of the Thorpe-Freeman blog contest will be notified. If for some reason we are unable to make contact with the author of a given entry (within a reasonable timeframe), The Freeman reserves the right to select another winner.

Winners - Unless otherwise posted/updated, winners of the Thorpe-Freeman blogger prize will be awarded $250.00 (U.S.). Winning entries will automatically become eligible for the annual Thorpe-Freeman Award for Best Blog Post, which comes with an additional $250, contingent upon the author working with the editors in good faith to get the winning post ready for print in The Freeman.

Language - All entries must be in English.


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December 2014

Unfortunately, educating people about phenomena that are counterintuitive, not-so-easy to remember, and suggest our individual lack of human control (for starters) can seem like an uphill battle in the war of ideas. So we sally forth into a kind of wilderness, an economic fairyland. We are myth busters in a world where people crave myths more than reality. Why do they so readily embrace untruth? Primarily because the immediate costs of doing so are so low and the psychic benefits are so high.
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