Timothy Carney, editor of the Evans-Novak Political Report and a HUMAN EVENTS contributor, has been named a recipient of the 2008 Templeton Enterprise Awards for his book The Big Ripoff: How Big Business and Big Government Steal Your Money.
Presented annually by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute as part of its Culture of Enterprise Initiative, the Templeton Enterprise Awards recognize scholars under forty who have produced the best books and articles on humane economics and culture in the past two years. Nearly $100,000 in prize money is awarded, including $50,000 for the top book and $25,000 for the top article. The Big Ripoff received first place in the book category.
“When I wrote The Big Ripoff in 2006, the book was butting against conventional wisdom by pointing out that big business, rather than a ruthless opponent of government intervention, typically lobbies for and profits from big government,” Carney said. “Today, it’s fairly obvious that big business certainly isn’t begging to be left alone. The Templeton Enterprise Award is a great honor, and in these days when our business leaders are so blatantly at the trough of big government. I hope ISI’s Culture of Enterprise program can spur a renaissance of the entrepreneurial spirit that makes America great.”