Friday, November 17, 2006

Death of Milton Friedman

Some years ago, Young America's Foundation introduced me to a great promoter of freedom--real freedom. I had heard of him already and read bits and pieces, but once I became involved with YAF and Young America's Foundation (and ISI too) I began to understand on a deeper level the meaning and importance of this great champion of freedom. Milton Friedman passed away Thursday at the age of 94.

Two important and somewhat brief books of his are Capitalism and Freedom and Free To Choose: A Personal Statement. (Another book, somewhat similar in topic, which impacted me during this same time is The Road to Serfdom by Hayek. H/t: Philippe for correction.)

It's ironic, in a way, that he had been in the news the past few days ... at least the news at the Wall Street Journal and then their letters to the editor.

There are plenty of articles and essays paying homage to the man and his ideas. Some noteworthy ones are:

Wall Street Journal's "Capitalism and Friedman"
Young America's Foundation interview with Friedman on the merits of free-market economics
Iain Murray's "Friedman’s Legacy: Capitalism and a giant" over at National Review Online

1 comment:

philippe de backer said...

Road to serfdom is written by F.A. Hayek. Not Milton Friedman.

But I agree Friedman was a great champion of freedom.