Milton Friedman

1912 - 2006

A Quote by Milton Friedman on politics, freedom, liberty, and coercion

Political freedom means the absence of coercion of a man by his fellow men.

Milton Friedman (1912 - 2006)

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A Quote by Milton Friedman on change and politics

Only a crisis - actual or perceived - produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes politically inevitable.

Milton Friedman (1912 - 2006)

Source: Capitalism and Freedom: Fortieth Anniversary Edition, Pages: ix

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A Quote by Milton Friedman on freedom and libertarianism

The great advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science or literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government. Columbus did not set out to seek a new route to China in response to a majority directive of a parliament, though he was partly financed by an absolute monarch. Newton and Liebnitz; Einstein and Bohr; Shakespeare, Milton, and Pasternak; Whitney, McCormick, Edison, and Ford; Jane Addams, Florence Nightingale, and Albert Scweitzer; no one of these opened new frontiers in human knowledge and understanding, in literature, in technical possibilities, or in the relief of human misery in response to governmental directives. Their achievements were the product of individual genius, of strongly held minority views, of a social climate permitting variety and diversity.        

Milton Friedman (1912 - 2006)

Source: Capitalism and Freedom: Fortieth Anniversary Edition, Pages: 4

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A Quote by Milton Friedman on army, cooperation, direction, and economics

Fundamentally, there are only two ways of coordinating the economic activities of millions. One is central direction involving the use of coercion - the technique of the army and of the modern totalitarian state. The other is voluntary cooperation of individuals - the technique of the marketplace.

Milton Friedman (1912 - 2006)

Source: Capitalism and Freedom, 1962

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A Quote by Milton Friedman on depression, economics, government, privacy, and unemployment

The Great Depression, like most other periods of severe unemployment, was produced by government mismanagement rather than by any inherent instability of the private economy.

Milton Friedman (1912 - 2006)

Source: Capitalism and Freedom, 1962

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A Quote by Milton Friedman on capitalism, greed, kindness, problems, and society

What kind of society isn't structured on greed? The problem of social organization is how to set up an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm; capitalism is that kind of system.

Milton Friedman (1912 - 2006)

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A Quote by Milton Friedman on bureaucracy and hell

Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned.

Milton Friedman (1912 - 2006)

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A Quote by Milton Friedman on government

If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand.

Milton Friedman (1912 - 2006)

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A Quote by Milton Friedman on adoption, change, crisis, expectation, exploring, goals, idealism, judgment, radicals, reason, and worth

. . . it is worth discussing radical changes, not in the expectation that they will be adopted promptly but for two other reasons. One is to construct an ideal goal, so that incremental changes can be judged by whether they move the institutional structure toward or away from that ideal. The other reason is very different. It is so that if a crisis requiring or facilitating radical change does arise, alternatives will be available that have been carefully developed and fully explored.

Milton Friedman (1912 - 2006)

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A Quote by Milton Friedman on good and government

Only government can take perfectly good paper, cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination worthless.

Milton Friedman (1912 - 2006)

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