The ceremony for the award of the 2008 Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty to Yon Goicoechea was simply awesome. The various videos will be posted later, I am sure. But seeing Yon on the stage with a huge troupe of Venezuelan students who had traveled to the US for the award, all decked in Venezuelan flags and the t-shirts and symbols (a white hand) of the opposition was truly moving. The standing ovation was spontaneous, sustained, and an expression of solidarity for young people who have shown courage and perseverance in the face of an emerging fascist dictatorship and who have given hope to their generation and to their elders, too many of whom had resigned themselves to being bullied, silenced, and oppressed. I wish you could have been there.
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