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Economist Milton Friedman has died.
The Wall Street Journal (Excerpt) (Subscription required) ^ | November 16, 2006

Posted on 11/16/2006 9:22:30 AM PST by HAL9000

BREAKING NEWS: Economist Milton Friedman has died. Full story to follow shortly.

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: classicalliberalism; economicfreedom; economics; freemarkets; freetochoose; friedman; libertarianism; miltonfriedman; politicalfreedom; sanfranciscovalues
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1 posted on 11/16/2006 9:22:31 AM PST by HAL9000
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To: HAL9000

How sad. The world has lost a great mind.


2 posted on 11/16/2006 9:23:39 AM PST by TChris (We scoff at honor and are shocked to find traitors among us. - C.S. Lewis)
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To: HAL9000
Sad news. One of the greatest free market economists of the 20th century. Milton Friedman will be sorely missed.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

3 posted on 11/16/2006 9:23:43 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: HAL9000

Oh my goodness. This is a sad day for me. I majored in economics in college largely as a result of reading Milton Friedman. A true American hero.


4 posted on 11/16/2006 9:23:49 AM PST by Dems_R_Losers (The people have spoken.......the housecleaning starts NOW!!)
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To: HAL9000

God Rest Mr. Friedman and console his remaining Half.


5 posted on 11/16/2006 9:24:13 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (* nuke * the * jihad *)
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To: HAL9000

A loss to all freedom lovers in the world. Rest in Peace, Dr. Friedman.


6 posted on 11/16/2006 9:24:18 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Hey Kerry, What part of showing heels and ass is a winning strategy in Iraq?)
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To: HAL9000

Very sad. He was a great man. He had such an impact on my thinking.


7 posted on 11/16/2006 9:24:26 AM PST by West Coast Conservative (Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.)
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To: HAL9000

Can you provide details to those of us which do not have WSJ subscriptions?


8 posted on 11/16/2006 9:24:37 AM PST by SuperSonic (Bush "lied", people dyed.......their fingers purple.)
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To: HAL9000

Sad. "Free to Choose" was the first conservative book I read.


9 posted on 11/16/2006 9:24:37 AM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: HAL9000; Alouette; SJackson; definitelynotaliberal

Milton Friedman was a great man, a great mind and a great American. He will be sorely missed. May the torch be passed to a worthy successor.


10 posted on 11/16/2006 9:24:51 AM PST by Alexander Rubin (Octavius - You make my heart glad building thus, as if Rome is to be eternal.)
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To: HAL9000

This is truly a great loss.


11 posted on 11/16/2006 9:25:06 AM PST by Wormwood (We broke it. We bought it.)
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To: HAL9000

The cumulative IQ of the Universe just dropped by a significant number of points......


12 posted on 11/16/2006 9:25:07 AM PST by Uncle Ike ("Tripping over the lines connecting all of the dots"... [FReeper Pinz-n-needlez])
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To: HAL9000

Prayers for Milton


13 posted on 11/16/2006 9:25:09 AM PST by muleskinner
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To: HAL9000; SittinYonder

It's hard to make economics exciting and entertaining, but Friedman did (at least for me, lol). His wisdom will be missed.


14 posted on 11/16/2006 9:25:11 AM PST by eyespysomething
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To: HAL9000

Sad to hear it, a brilliant man.


15 posted on 11/16/2006 9:25:20 AM PST by John Lenin (The most dangerous place for a child in America is indeed in its mother's womb)
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To: HAL9000

Friedman was a disciple of free market economist Friedrich Hayek and brought Hayek to the University of Chicago starting the "Chicago School" of Economics.


16 posted on 11/16/2006 9:25:34 AM PST by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: HAL9000

Pure genius.


17 posted on 11/16/2006 9:25:52 AM PST by Nascar Dad (Liberals, Libertarians, Losers....)
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To: Mr. Brightside
Friedman was NOT a conservative. He was a libertarian thinker.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

18 posted on 11/16/2006 9:26:01 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: John Lenin

A true giant.


19 posted on 11/16/2006 9:26:15 AM PST by Callahan
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To: HAL9000

I can't tell you how upsetting this news is. Milton is one of my idols. He is a major reason why I consider myself a conservative.


20 posted on 11/16/2006 9:26:18 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: HAL9000
Economist Milton Friedman has died.

Re$t In Peace.

21 posted on 11/16/2006 9:26:43 AM PST by jdm
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To: HAL9000

Rest In Peace


22 posted on 11/16/2006 9:27:18 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Prayers for our patriot brother, 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub. Brian, we're all pulling for you!)
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To: dfwgator
He's really more of a classical liberal than a conservative. Free To Choose is a summation of classical liberal economic theory. Its a mainstay of libertarian thought.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

24 posted on 11/16/2006 9:27:55 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: HAL9000
A great economist. R.I.P. And condolences to his family.
25 posted on 11/16/2006 9:28:03 AM PST by techcor
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To: HAL9000
RIP.

Condolences to the family of this great man whose life was dedicated to spreading Freedom by the use of his chosen field of study.

27 posted on 11/16/2006 9:30:11 AM PST by DoctorMichael (A wall first. A wall now.)
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To: HAL9000

Between Friedman and Solzhenitsyn I became a conservative. He will truly be missed.


28 posted on 11/16/2006 9:30:13 AM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: goldstategop

"If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals–if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is." - Ronald Reagan


29 posted on 11/16/2006 9:30:42 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: HAL9000

Sad. He was a brilliant man who had the ability to communicate economic concepts to a wide audience in everyday language. Through his tireless efforts, Mr. Friedman may have created more conservatives than Ronald Reagan. RIP.


30 posted on 11/16/2006 9:30:46 AM PST by andy58-in-nh
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To: HAL9000

I met him once at a conference at Stanford some 13 or 14 years ago. He was a really good speaker and a very wise man.


31 posted on 11/16/2006 9:31:01 AM PST by HOYA97 (Hoya Saxa = What Rocks)
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To: HAL9000

Sad news. He was a great man.


32 posted on 11/16/2006 9:31:07 AM PST by B Knotts (Newt '08!)
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To: HAL9000
I can't recommended his Capitalism and Freedom highly enough.

America has lost one of the great ones.

Rest in peace, Mr. Friedman.

33 posted on 11/16/2006 9:31:19 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: eyespysomething
It's hard to make economics exciting and entertaining, but Friedman did (at least for me, lol). His wisdom will be missed.

It wasn't called "The Dismal Science" for nothing.

Rest in peace, Mr. Friedman.

34 posted on 11/16/2006 9:31:31 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: HAL9000

You almost can't be too sad for a man who has already accomplished so much. I mean, we all gotta go. Certainly he will be well remembered and appreciated for his work. Can't ask for much more than that.


35 posted on 11/16/2006 9:32:03 AM PST by Huck (Soylent Green is People.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
Brilliant economist. However, few Americans would agree with his libertarian take on politics.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

36 posted on 11/16/2006 9:32:04 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: HAL9000
RIP for a great mind. I have a colleague whose computers are named "Friedman," "Hayek," "Von Mises," and "Bastiat." He'll be wearing black.
37 posted on 11/16/2006 9:32:52 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: HAL9000

At some point I think I deluded myself into thinking this great mind was immortal. Very sad news. He will be missed.


38 posted on 11/16/2006 9:33:20 AM PST by quesney
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To: HAL9000

RIP Mr. Friedman. Thanks for doing your part in trying to keep this nation free.


39 posted on 11/16/2006 9:33:21 AM PST by Unknown Pundit (I really do post with a paper bag over my head.)
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To: TChris

Very sad. I enjoyed his book "Free to Choose" immensely.


40 posted on 11/16/2006 9:33:39 AM PST by PghBaldy (Reporter: Are you surprised? Nancy Pelosi: No. My eyes always look like this.)
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To: HAL9000

Friedman-Reagan. Brings back good memories. Yet another one of those end of an era things.....


41 posted on 11/16/2006 9:33:51 AM PST by blasater1960 ( Ishmaelites...Still a wild-ass of a people....)
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To: dfwgator
No conservative embraces pure libertarianism. It has a small following among American voters. Name the last time the Libertarian Party won an election.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

42 posted on 11/16/2006 9:34:11 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

If you want to trash libertarian philosophy I suggest you start your own thread.


43 posted on 11/16/2006 9:35:15 AM PST by GSWarrior (To activate this tagline please contact the moderator.)
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To: Mr. Brightside
Sad. "Free to Choose" was the first conservative book I read.

Yes... reading that book is what MADE me a conservative.

44 posted on 11/16/2006 9:35:15 AM PST by So Cal Rocket
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To: goldstategop

Here is the rest of Reagan's quote:

"Now, I can’t say that I will agree with all the things that the present group who call themselves Libertarians in the sense of a party say, because I think that like in any political movement there are shades, and there are libertarians who are almost over at the point of wanting no government at all or anarchy. I believe there are legitimate government functions. There is a legitimate need in an orderly society for some government to maintain freedom or we will have tyranny by individuals. The strongest man on the block will run the neighborhood. We have government to insure that we don’t each one of us have to carry a club to defend ourselves. But again, I stand on my statement that I think that libertarianism and conservatism are travelling the same path."


45 posted on 11/16/2006 9:35:19 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: goldstategop
We get it. You don't like libertarians.

Now can we get back to honoring this man please?

46 posted on 11/16/2006 9:35:56 AM PST by Wormwood (We broke it. We bought it.)
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To: HAL9000

That might explain why the flag at our office building is at half-staff.

RIP, Dr. Friedman.


47 posted on 11/16/2006 9:36:08 AM PST by ssaftler
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To: HAL9000

How sad.

His principles saved the American economy.


48 posted on 11/16/2006 9:36:51 AM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: HAL9000
:(

RIP. He was a great mind.

49 posted on 11/16/2006 9:36:53 AM PST by M203M4
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To: GSWarrior
I'm just observing while we and the libertarians both admire free markets we part company on the question of morality and the core functions of government.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

50 posted on 11/16/2006 9:37:11 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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