Friday, November 17, 2006

Milton Friedman – R.I.P

Milton Friedman’s “Capitalism and Freedom” has been one of the defining works of the last 100 years, and it personally altered my outlook on markets and individual freedom. He will surely be missed, but his contributions to economic theory will unquestionably live on.

I admit that when I first read Friedman, I hated his work with a passion. Granted, I was a very hard socialist at the time, and the concept of individual rights and choices ran counter to my ideological perspective. It wasn’t until the end of my college career that his work made a deep impact within me. I now keep a small stack of Capitalism and Freedom on hand to give out to friends, family, and foes.

I have come to define myself as a Milton Friedman liberal, and I would like to personally thank him for changing my life so profoundly. Long live the individual!

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