Published on October 15, 2014 by Kara Kennedy  
The Reason Foundation recently announced that Samford University economics professor Art Carden’s video on “Should the Government Subsidize Silly Walks” is a finalist in the prestigious Bastiat Prize for Journalism and Reason Video Prize.   According to the Reason Foundation’s website, the Reason Video Prize honors short-form video and film that explores, investigates and enriches the appreciation of individual rights, limited government and free market. 

Carden posted the video in the summer 2013, but entered it in the contest on Aug. 1 of this year, and since then it has had more than 49,000 views on YouTube. The subject: government subsidies and resource mis-allocation, with a direct takeoff on Monty Python's "Ministry of Silly Walks" routine. The video features Carden silly-walking in different parts of Arlington, Virginia.   

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“I am honored to be a finalist in this contest,” said Carden. “The video was a really fun way to illustrate the absurdity of a lot of things governments subsidize and pay homage to some of the 20th century's greatest comedic geniuses."  

A panel of celebrity judges will judge the finalists’ work, including actor Drew Carey, John Tierney of The New York Times and Louis Rossetto, founder of Wired.  The winner of the prize will receive $10,000, second place $5,000 and third place $1,000. They will be announced at the Reason Media Awards Event on Nov. 10 in New York City.

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