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Yesterday was Milton Friedman’s birthday.  Milton Friedman was a Nobel Prize Winner for Economics in 1976.  He died in 2006.  He would have been 98 today.  He was a champion for limited government and educational choice, a voice for liberty.  I participated on Friday evening in a Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day dinner.  These dinners took place in every state and in several nations.

Below is a video is an interview he did on Phil Donahue’s show in 1979.  It is amazing how times have changed by listening to the reaction of the audience to Friedman.

Below is a show that he did on educational choice in 1980 called “Freedom to Choose.”

In the video show on Friday night Donahue said that before he knew Milton Friedman he was a “flaming liberal.” Now he says he just sparkles a little 🙂 . With common sense solutions like the ones that Friedman advocated we can make progress in reigning in government and improving educational opportunities in the United States.

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  1. Out of curiosity, how do you (as a Christian) feel about the fact that Friedman’s philosophy is colored by the fact that he grew up moderately observant, but eventually came to reject religion entirely?

    Being a Christian before any other loyalty, it has always made me uncomfortable to accept the notions of any philosopher who comes at the world from an entirely materialistic focus.

    1. Well, posting on this doesn’t mean I agree with him on everything. I think his conclusion about Christianity (I reject “religion” myself) is wrong, but some of his ideas are right. Your position is that if we don’t share the same faith we can agree on economic or educational principles?

      I think we can provided they aren’t contrary to scripture, so agree where I can and reject what I must. I mainly posted this because he was a pioneer in the educational choice movement. Our motives for supporting that may be different, but the outcomes are the same. I don’t have an issue with that provided the means are just that is, as I reject the “ends justify the means” approach.

  2. I’m not sure it is correct to say he was a materialist because he was not religious. He was passionate about freedom. This was the fundamental basis for all his thinking. He felt that preserving individual choice with education, and everything else was the number one priority. Actually materialism is ascribed to Karl Marx (see Wikopedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Materialism (the section under social materialism)). This is certainly as far from Milton Friedman as one could get.

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