“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.”