Individual liberty, self-interest, and limited government are key elements for personal flourishing. And personal flourishing is a necessary condition for economic prosperity. This essay contest invites reflections on these topics. Some prompt questions include:
- What are the mechanisms through which individual liberty, self-interest, and limited government lead to personal flourishing?
- How does personal flourishing affect social prosperity?
- What are the main threats to these three elements in current times? And what are the economic or philosophical arguments to best respond to such threats?
- The essay contest is open only to freshman students at Mercer University.
- Essays should verse on the role of individual liberty, self-interest and/or limited government.
- Essays must be submitted electronically (email@example.com) by NOVEMBER 15, 2021. They must include name, e-mail address, and student ID.
- Essays must be written in English only, and must be between 1,500 and 2,000 words. Spelling or grammatical errors will affect the quality of the essay.
- Essays will be judged based on their argumentation, originality and clarity. Mercer’s honor code applies. Plagiarized essays will be withdrawn from the competition.
- Essays will be evaluated by a committee of faculty members from the School of Business. Judges’ decisions will be final.
- There will be prizes for the best two essays. First place will get $1,000 and second place $500.
- All participants will be notified of the results via email by November 30, 2021.