Free­dom’s friend

The Washington Times Weekly - - Culture, Etc. -

“For all of his aca­demic ac­com­plish­ments, [Mil­ton] Fried­man’s role as a pop­u­lar­izer of free-mar­ket prin­ci­ples was ar­guably more im­por­tant. He wrote a col­umn in Newsweek for 18 years start­ing in 1966, preach­ing the im­por­tance of eco­nomic free­dom to a gen­er­a­tion that had never heard such things in school. His 1980 book, ‘Free to Choose,’ was a best-seller, and the videos that ac­com­pa­nied it were smug­gled be­hind the Iron Cur­tain like seeds of revo­lu­tion.

“Pro­fes­sor Fried­man al­ways ar­gued with ci­vil­ity and a brac­ing wit. One of his best barbs on the size of gov­ern­ment: ‘Given our mon­strous, over­grown gov­ern­ment struc­ture, any three let­ters cho­sen at ran­dom would prob­a­bly des­ig­nate an agency or part of a de­part­ment that could be prof­itably abol­ished.’ And he pop­u­lar­ized ‘There is no such thing as a free lunch.’

“On the death of Ron­ald Rea­gan, whom he ad­vised, Mr. Fried­man wrote [. . .] that ‘few peo­ple in hu­man his­tory have con­trib­uted more to the achieve­ment of hu­man free­dom.’ The same can and long will be said of Mil­ton Fried­man.”

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