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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended!, 14 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Capitalism and Freedom (Hardcover)
This is a new edition of Milton Friedman's classic 1962 capitalist manifesto. As such, it was ignored, spurned and hated for decades by the intellectual, post-Keynesian establishment. In the 60s, Friedman once found himself debating a liberal who attacked him by simply reciting Friedman's views of the proper role of government. This was working rather well with the audience of college students until he quoted Friedman's opposition to the military draft. Friedman suddenly found himself awash in the unexpected cheers of students. Perhaps it was a foreshadowing of his career. Friedman won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1976, and his ideas gained some degree of mainstream acceptance in the Reagan years - although many of his thoughts remain controversial. To the extent that Friedman debunks myths about the Great Depression that are widely accepted as fact, perhaps he has a point about the semi-privatization of education. We strongly recommend this volume to those who seek a deeper understanding of government's role in a free-market economy.
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Initial post: 7 Feb 2009 01:24:24 GMT
For a fuller understanding of the effects of Friedman's theories, read Naomi Kleins' The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism", also available from Amazon

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jan 2011 10:38:40 GMT
J. C. says:
To have Friedman's theories tested against the typical dishonest leftist's, read Klein's book.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2011 14:02:14 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Feb 2011 14:02:48 GMT
Joseph says:
Naomi Klein is a professional and successful distorter of the truth. Anybody reading this and is curious about Klein's claims, please read this article: (http://www.hacer.org/chile/?p=22).

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2014 16:07:45 BDT
John Jasper says:
Thanks, Comiskey. I too was taken in by Klein's shock doctrine as far as Milton Friedman goes and will have to do more homework instead of allowing her refutations to stand unchecked.
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