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Essay Contest on Property Rights Now Accepting Entries

The 2008 Sir John M. Templeton Fellowships Essay Contest is accepting entries from college students and untenured college teachers until the contest deadline of May 1, 2008. For this year’s contest, applicants must examine the relationship between property rights and human rights.

For decades social critics in the United States and throughout the Western world have complained that “property” rights too often take precedence over “human” rights, with the result that people are treated unequally and have unequal opportunities. Inequality exists in any society. But the purported conflict between property rights and human rights is a mirage—property rights are human rights.
—Armen Alchian, “Property Rights” in The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics

Are property rights human rights? How are they related? What are their similarities and differences? If property rights are human rights, why have they enjoyed fewer legal protections and intellectual champions than other human rights?

STUDENTS:
First Prize: $2,500
Second Prize: $1,500
Third prize: $1,000

JUNIOR FACULTY MEMBERS:
First Prize: $10,000
Second Prize: $5,000
Third Prize: $1,500

Contest guidelines and other information

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