On Friday, the Cato Institute awarded the Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty at its biennial black-tie dinner.
The evening started with an open bar and wee caviar potato bites. Also at the event: a man in a bowler cap, several ponytails and at least one marijuana lapel pin.
The Milton Friedman Prize, which we kept calling the Ayn Rand Prize for Public Service, includes a $250,000 cash prize, was presented to Chinese dissident and economist Mao Yushi.
Yushi is the chairman of the Unirule Institute of Economics in Beijing. As he approached the podium to accept his award, a man raced down the center aisle of the Washington Hilton’s hall carrying two protest signs, one of which accused the economist of being a part of “the 99 percent.”
Several men in tuxedos escorted the protester from the hall. In the background, one dinner attendee shouted, “Commie pinko!” Full story