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  • Ebola: It Continues to Taunts Us

    10/17/2014 5:50:55 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 1 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 10-17-2014 | MOTUS
    Is it too soon to dub this mess Ebolagate? I note that Democrats everywhere are trying to sidestep that designation by spreading the party line that Ebola is not a threat and there’s no reason to stop flights in and out of West Africa just because it’s a horrible disease that kills 70% of it’s victims. And West Africa used to be the only place it lived.Dr. Friedman is the keynote spokesmouth for the official position that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself: “We remain confident that Ebola is not a significant public health threat to...
  • The Pax Americana is Dead

    08/12/2014 9:11:17 AM PDT · by Mariner · 30 replies
    The Hoover Institution ^ | Aug 11th, 2014 | Richard A. Epstein
    Thomas Friedman, the respected New York Times columnist, tried to do a beleaguered President Barack Obama a favor by publishing a summary of an extended interview between the two men, which was grandly entitled “Obama on the World.” Friedman tried to present the President in a positive light, by calling his weak responses “feisty.” Yet there is no denying that Obama’s rudderless foreign policy has been a disaster. The international order has rapidly deteriorated since Obama entered the Oval Office. The current situation is so perilous that so long as Obama remains President, the phrase “presidential leadership” will continue to...
  • Open Borders & the Welfare State: The Cloward-Piven Strategy on Steroids

    06/26/2014 2:14:01 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 8 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | June 26, 2014 | Lauren Thomas
    Milton Friedman, a renowned economist and conservative intellectual once said that we can have open borders, and we can have a welfare state, but we cannot have both. Open borders will collapse the welfare state because there isn’t enough money to redistribute in order to prop up low-skilled laborers from third world countries who rely the most on the benefits of the welfare state. So why then does the Left in this country, who believes so strongly in the welfare state, continue to try to collapse it with illegal immigration? To understand the answer to this question, we have to...
  • WHAT DOES DAVE BRAT MEAN BY ‘AMNESTY’?

    06/18/2014 8:01:31 PM PDT · by Bratch · 23 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | June 18, 2014 | Jon Cassidy
    The lesson of Dave Brat’s victory over Eric Cantor last week is being missed: In all pundits’ talk about immigration, no one has stopped to point out that Brat boldly grabbed the third rail of American politics, ripped it off the tracks, and beat Cantor with it.George W. Bush, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry all rhetorically touched entitlement programs and lived, but I’ve never seen a politician tell the plain, actuarial truth the way Brat did and get rewarded for it. Republicans should be overjoyed that they can finally shout about underfunded social programs. Instead, the only lesson they’re learning...
  • Obama Admin Official: What If Bergdahl's Fellow Soldiers Were Psychopaths?

    06/05/2014 7:44:22 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 69 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6-5-14 | Charlie Spiering
    An Obama administration official upset with the direction of the Bergdhal story voiced his concern on Twitter on Wednesday, floating a theory that put Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in a more sympathetic light--and his fellow soldiers as part of the problem. The American people, he argued, were too quick to jump to conclusions about Bergdahl after his fellow soldiers spoke out about his disappearance. “Here's the thing about Bergdahl and the Jump-to-Conclusions mats: What if his platoon was long on psychopaths and short on leadership?” asked Brandon Friedman, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at Department of Housing and Urban...
  • Remembering Gary Becker: A Supporter of Freedom, Critic of Obamacare

    05/09/2014 7:54:33 AM PDT · by se99tp · 2 replies
    ChristianConceptsDaily ^ | May 9th, 2014 | Tracy C. Miller
    Like his teacher Milton Friedman, Gary Becker was a supporter of freedom and free markets. One could certainly disagree with him for being too tolerant of some kinds of interventionist government economic policy. Nevertheless, he was often critical of government intervention in the economy, arguing in support of free trade, deregulation, privatization, and against the Affordable Care Act.
  • CEI Short Film “I, Pencil” Wins Grand Prize at Manning Centre Competition

    04/19/2014 8:25:45 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    Competitive Enterprise Institute ^ | 3-28-14 | Christine Hall
    WASHINGTON, March 28 –The Competitive Enterprise Institute’s (CEI) animated short film, “I, Pencil” about the free-market wonders of making the common pencil won first place at a prestigious film contest this month co-hosted by Canada’s Manning Centre and the Free Thinking Film Society. The award was presented at the 2014 Manning Networking Conference, held February 27 - March 1, 2014, in Ottawa. The films were evaluated by a three-judge panel and featured themes on conservatism, liberty, free markets, and democracy. CEI’s 6 minute long “I, Pencil” film was adapted from the 1958 essay by the late economist Leonard E. Read...
  • NYT’s Friedman Compares Global Warming Deniers to Trotsky Marxists – Blames Global Warming for

    04/07/2014 6:56:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 4/6/14 | John Hoft
    Wow. This was warped and offensive. New York Times columnist and author Thomas Friedman sited a debunked study to compare global warming deniers to Trotsky Marxists – then blames the Syrian revolution on global warming, not on Bashir Assad’s brutality. Let me put this in personal terms. Your son or daughter has a disease. And you go to 100 doctors. 97 out of a hundred say, “This is a cause and this is a cure,” and three percent say, “This is a cause and this is a cure.” It’s like 97% of experts say this. 3% say that. And, conservatives...
  • Nate Silver Rips Thomas Friedman: Not Much 'Original Thinking'

    03/14/2014 11:26:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Mar 2014 | John Nolte
    Five-Thirty-Eight's Nate Silver mocked New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman as a "hedgehog" who "only knows one thing." When asked to describe what a hedgehog is, Silver pointed to Friedman specifically and the op-ed columnists at the Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal: ... They don’t permit a lot of complexity in their thinking. They pull threads together from very weak evidence and draw grand conclusions based on them. They’re ironically very predictable from week to week. If you know the subject that Thomas Friedman or whatever is writing about, you don’t have to read the column. You can...
  • The Tyranny and Lethargy of the Times Editorial Page

    02/05/2014 11:40:58 AM PST · by CreviceTool · 5 replies
    New York Observer ^ | February 4, 2014 | Ken Kurson
    IT’S WELL KNOWN AMONG THE SMALL WORLD of people who pay attention to such things that the liberal-leaning reporters at The Wall Street Journal resent the conservative-leaning editorial page of The Wall Street Journal. What’s less well known—and about to break into the open, threatening the very fabric of the institution—is how deeply the liberal-leaning reporters at The New York Times resent the liberal-leaning editorial page of The New York Times.
  • Milton Friedman on "Equality" (a single minute of absolute brilliance to rebut the liberals)

    01/27/2014 8:13:38 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    "In my opinion, a society that aims for equality before liberty, will end up with neither equality nor liberty. And a society that aims first for liberty, will not end up with equality, but it will end up with a closer approach to equality, than any other kind of system than has ever been developed. Now that conclusion, is based both on evidence across history, and also I believe, on reasoning, which if you try to follow through the implications of aiming first at equality, will become clear to you. You can only aim at equality, by giving some people...
  • 101 Years Later, Milton Friedman is Still Wrong

    08/06/2013 10:21:57 AM PDT · by DannyTN · 109 replies
    Policymic.com ^ | 8/1/13 | Sean McElwee
    Wednesday was the 101st anniversary of Milton Friedman’s birth, and it will be widely celebrated among the vast number of Americans who march in Tea Parties and wear tricorner hats in public. He will be hailed by the vast number of “libertarian populists” now burgeoning within the Republican ranks. But the new “libertarian populism” is increasingly at odds with the possibility of a shared future. Libertarian populists love markets. One of their favorite proposals is privatization: If there is a problem, they look to markets to solve it. Milton Friedman wrote, “The most important single central fact about a free...
  • When Professor Friedman Opened Pandora’s Box

    06/27/2013 3:43:19 PM PDT · by BfloGuy · 19 replies
    The Mises Institute ^ | June 27, 2013 | David Stockman
    When Professor Friedman Opened Pandora’s Box: Open Market Operations At the end of the day, Friedman jettisoned the gold standard for a remarkable statist reason. Just as Keynes had been, he was afflicted with the economist’s ambition to prescribe the route to higher national income and prosperity and the intervention tools and recipes that would deliver it. The only difference was that Keynes was originally and primarily a fiscalist, whereas Friedman had seized upon open market operations by the central bank as the route to optimum aggregate demand and national income. There were massive and multiple ironies in that...
  • YALE STUDENT TO TOM FRIEDMAN: Actually, We Yale Grads Really Are Better Than Other People

    05/29/2013 9:13:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/29/2013 | Gus Lubin
    Tom Friedman's latest column in The New York Times argues that employers don't care if you went to Yale: Since jobs are evolving so quickly, with so many new tools, a bachelor’s degree is no longer considered an adequate proxy by employers for your ability to do a particular job — and, therefore, be hired. So, more employers are designing their own tests to measure applicants’ skills. And they increasingly don’t care how those skills were acquired: home schooling, an online university, a massive open online course, or Yale. They just want to know one thing: Can you add value?...
  • Strategy site to Obama: End alliance with Israel

    01/17/2011 10:20:05 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 39 replies
    World Tribune ^ | January 12, 2011
    Wednesday, January 12, 2011 INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING Strategy site to Obama: End alliance with Israel WASHINGTON — A newsletter-publisher said to have ties with the Obama administration has called on Washington to end its strategic alliance with Israel. George Friedman, publisher of Stratfor, has published a book that called on the Obama administration to reorder U.S. foreign policy. Friedman has argued that the key element of the proposal required the end of U.S. strategic ties with Israel and bolstering of cooperation with the Islamic world, particularly Iran and Pakistan. "The United States must quietly distance itself from Israel," Friedman says in...
  • Ben Bernanke Just Told A Massive Lie About Milton Friedman

    10/01/2012 11:24:45 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 23 replies
    Ben Bernanke Just Told A Massive Lie About Milton Friedman And I Can Prove It Ben Bernanke is so desperate to find support regarding his steal from the poor and give to the 0.01% policies he is now telling blatant lies about famous, dead economists that can’t refute what he says. In this case Milton Friedman. In his Q&A today, The Bernank claimed: *BERNANKE: MILTON FRIEDMAN WOULD HAVE SUPPORTED WHAT FED DOING
  • Milton Friedman - The Free Lunch Myth

    08/08/2012 6:11:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Youtube ^ | 8/8/12 | LibertyPen
    Milton Friedman explodes the myth that government can provide goods and services at no one's expense
  • Get It Right on Gas

    08/06/2012 9:25:16 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 13 replies
    NY Times Op-Ed ^ | 8-4-2012 | Thomas L Friedman
    WE are in the midst of a natural gas revolution in America that is a potential game changer for the economy, environment and our national security — if we do it right. The enormous stores of natural gas that have been locked away in shale deposits across America that we’ve now been able to tap into, thanks to breakthroughs in seismic imaging, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” are enabling us to replace much dirtier coal with cleaner gas as the largest source of electricity generation in America. And natural gas may soon be powering cars, trucks and ships...
  • Why Gun Ownership is a Right and a Duty

    08/05/2012 8:55:54 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    politicaloutcast.com ^ | 3 August, 2012 | Gary DeMar
    Milton Friedman (1912–1986), free market economist and author who schooled Phil Donahue on national television about capitalism and the freedom of the market place, would have turned 100 years old on July 31st of this year. Friedman’s calm demeanor, as he put the arrogant, know-it-all, and multimillionaire talk show host in his place, is a thing of beauty. If you haven’t seen it, then you are in for a real treat. It’s less than 3 minutes in length and worth every second: --------------------cut------------------- Friedman’s “I don’t even trust you” and the rabbi’s comment about the cruelty of man say a...
  • Donald Boudreaux: Was Milton Friedman a Secret Admirer of Keynes?

    08/04/2012 7:32:30 AM PDT · by FactsNLogic · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug 3, 2012 | Donald J. Boudreaux
    With the possible exception of Adam Smith, no person in history is more widely recognized as ably championing free markets than Milton Friedman. Justly so: For more than 60 years until his death in 2006, he pressed the case for capitalism and freedom with impeccable scholarship, good cheer, impressive vigor and unmatched clarity. Despite his clarity, there are a handful of people whose inability or unwillingness to grasp Friedman's arguments leads them to misrepresent his writings and policy recommendations. "I conclude that Keynes's political bequest has done far more harm than his economic bequest and this for two reasons. First,...
  • Condoleezza Rice makes compelling case for school choice,

    08/02/2012 1:27:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2012 | Kyle Olsen
    Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a compelling case for school choice Tuesday at The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice dinner honoring Milton Friedman’s 100th birthday. Friedman, who died in 2006, was universally known as one of the most influential economists of the 20th century. His free-market philosophy had a strong influence on the policies of world leaders like President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and helped convince leaders of many developing nations to reform their economic strategies. Less known is the fact that Friedman was the father of the American school choice movement, advocating...
  • Milton Friedman Schools Phil Donahue (and Barack Obama) on Capitalism and Greed

    07/31/2012 12:25:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 31, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: We have the 100th birthday today of Milton Friedman. Milton Friedman -- some of you in this audience may not know -- Milton Friedman, University of Chicago, a brilliant economist. He and his wife were a dynamo. They were a dynamic team. In economics, free market capitalism, Milton Friedman's a rock star. Milton Friedman should be the Bible for young people, or anybody, trying to understand capitalism and free markets. Back in -- I think the year was 1995. Back in 1995, I interviewed Milton Friedman for an issue of the Limbaugh Letter. That's still the most...
  • “I, Smartphone”? (Video)

    07/31/2012 8:51:59 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 4 replies
    “I, Smartphone” video is based on the essay “I, Pencil” penned by Leonard Read, in 1958, and has had a lasting impact on how we think about the market process. Why would the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics care about how a smartphone is made and why would we want you to care? Because God has given us the market process as the most powerful tool we have in a fallen world to serve each other by using our gifts. Yes, that’s right. Smartphones allow thousands of dispersed people from across the globe to bring their gifts to serve...
  • Milton Friedman's Centenary (Thomas Sowell)

    07/30/2012 1:05:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 31, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    If Milton Friedman were alive today — and there was never a time when he was more needed — he would be one hundred years old. He was born on July 31, 1912. But Professor Friedman's death at age 94 deprived the nation of one of those rare thinkers who had both genius and common sense. Most people would not be able to understand the complex economic analysis that won him a Nobel Prize, but people with no knowledge of economics had no trouble understanding his popular books like "Free to Choose" or the TV series of the same name....
  • Uncle Milty (Friedman) Slaps Silly Lib Around The Room For Fun

    07/17/2012 6:08:17 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 13 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | June 17, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    More relevant today than ever before- you listening, self-assured Obammunist boneheads? Phil Donahue Show (1979): Donahue:  When you see around the globe the maldistribution of wealth, the desperate plight of millions of people in underdeveloped countries, when you see so few haves and so many have-nots, when you see the greed and the concentration of power... did you ever have a moment of doubt about capitalism? And whether greed is a good idea to run on? Friedman: Well first of all, is there some society you know that doesn't run on 'greed'? Do you think Russia doesn't run on 'greed'? Do...
  • Ray LaHood: Golly, I envy the Chinese government (In China, only three people make the decisions)

    07/06/2012 2:01:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/06/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    It's bad enough to have a columnist at one of America's most prominent newspapers regularly singing the praises of Chinese authoritarianism. It's worse when high-ranking members of the American government do it. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood griped at the Aspen Ideas Festival about having to deal with political opposition, and yearned for the ease in which Beijing could impose solutions without having to deal with dissent: Echoing the laments of pundits like Thomas Friedman of the New York Times, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood argued Saturday that China outpaces the United States in building major transportation infrastructure like high-speed rail...
  • Milton Friedman - Why Tax Reform Is Impossible

    06/30/2012 11:30:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | 6/29/12 | LibertyPen
    Friedman explains why our tax code is enormously complex and not likely to change.
  • The Reagan Memo

    05/27/2012 9:14:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5-27-12 | unattributed
    Nearby today readers will notice excerpts from a memo written to Ronald Reagan by his economic advisers between his November 1980 election and inauguration. We share the memo because it shines a historical perspective on our own economic dilemmas as the Presidential race hits its Memorial Day turn. The memo was sent to us by George Shultz, who later became the Gipper's Secretary of State but had served previous stints at Treasury, Labor and the White House budget office. The signers include some of the last century's most consequential economic figures, notably the great Milton Friedman, tax-cut evangelist Jack Kemp...
  • Tribute to Milton Friedman and the Humble Pencil

    04/26/2012 12:13:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4/22/12 | FreeMarketAmerica
    We're Milton Friedman fans. And we're believers in powerful but simple videos, too. Professor Friedman's famous video, entitled "I, Pencil," (based on Leonard Reed's essay of the same name) inspired us to take a closer look at the humble pencil.
  • New York Times Columnist Bumps into Reality, Learns Nothing

    04/23/2012 5:36:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 23, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    The pro-statism crowd routinely argues that we need more government. Every so often, though, one of them inadvertently stumbles on the truth. But they then refuse to draw the logical conclusion. For instance. One of President Obama’s health appointees noted that quality increases and prices fall when markets are allowed to operate – yet he concluded that we should further restrict market forces in health care.The IRS Commission admitted the tax code is a complicated mess and that he pays someone else to compile his tax return – yet he dodged a question about whether Congress should fix the mess...
  • Peace Now's Friedman has her eyes opened

    02/29/2012 8:49:09 AM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 2/29/12 | Carl in Jerusalem
    I've been holding this post in the hope of finding video of Lara Friedman's appearance on James Zogby's Viewpoint on Sunday night in which this issue was discussed. I haven't found it yet. In an earlier post, I reported that 'Peace Now's Lara Friedman attended the 'International Conference to Save Jerusalem' in Qatar. At the time, I was appalled by Friedman's attendance and apparent support for the disgusting pretense that there is something wrong with Israel exercising sovereignty in its own capital. But maybe some good will come out of Friedman's attendance. On Sunday night, Friedman wrote a piece for...
  • Milton Friedman - Why Do We Let This Happen?

    01/04/2012 10:15:21 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1978 | Free to Choose Network
    In this archival video from Free To Choose Network, Milton Friedman explains why he believes people allow their liberties to be eroded. The question -- and Friedman's answer -- could have come up today. This video was taken at Cornell University in around 1978.
  • From the Archives: Mundell vs. Friedman on the euro

    11/12/2011 5:11:24 AM PST · by MontaniSemperLiberi · 4 replies
    financialpost ^ | Nov 11, 2011 | Financial Post Staff
    In December of 2000, FP Comment orchestrated Nobel Money Duel, an extended debate between Robert Mundell and Milton Friedman, two Nobel laureate economists who held different views on currencies and the global monetary system. Robert Mundell, sometimes called the father of the euro, saw it as a great leap forward. Milton Friedman foresaw conflict. Here’s a brief excerpt from their debate: Robert Mundell: The advent of the euro has demonstrated to one and all how successful a well-planned fixed exchange rate zone can be. After the 11 currencies of the zone were locked to the euro and to each other,...
  • Thomas Friedman Calls Rabbi's banner "Stupid" At Yale

    11/03/2011 10:23:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    You Tube ^ | 11/3/11 | Rabbi Shmully Hecht
    Thomas Friedman calls rabbi "stupid" during lecture at Yale University
  • " IS SOCIAL SECURITY A PONZI SCHEME ? "

    09/08/2011 6:23:38 AM PDT · by Graewoulf · 113 replies
    MCNBC Tv | September 8, 2011 | Rick Santelli
    At 7:33 AM CDT Rick Santelli asked guest host Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times foreign Affairs Columnist, and author of his new book " That Used to be Us, " the following question: " Is Social Security a Ponzi Scheme ? " Tom replied, " Your question is idiotic ! " Rick then replied: " Your answer is idiotic! " GAME ON !
  • Thomas Sowell and Milton Friedman make their cases for ending the War on Drugs (YouTube videos)

    08/23/2011 3:18:46 PM PDT · by 10thAmendmentGuy · 120 replies
    YouTube | Thomas Sowell and Milton Friedman
    Thomas Sowell on the War on DrugsMilton Friedman on the War on Drugs
  • Frances Fox Piven vs. Milton Friedman, Thomas Sowell

    08/23/2011 10:01:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Youtube ^ | 8/23/11 | FreeToChooseNetwork
    In this clip from the 1980 Free To Choose, socialist Frances Fox Piven tangles with Milton Friedman and Thomas Sowell. We thought this would be interesting in light of the recent dustup between The New York Times and Fox News (Glenn Beck) on the subject of Piven.
  • NYT’s Friedman:‘Way too soon to tell’if media blew it vettingObama the candidate

    08/21/2011 2:20:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 102 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/21/11 | Jeff Poor
    During the 2008 presidential election season, many Americans were captivated by then-candidate Barack Obama’s promises of hope and change. And some would argue that much of the media were taken in by the promises too. Nearly three years into the Obama presidency, is it fair to say the media were duped? On Sunday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” host Howard Kurtz asked New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman just that question. According to Friedman, the jury is still out.
  • Can Perry Take 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.? (Kinky Friedman on the Texas Gov’s run at the White House)

    08/18/2011 8:54:21 AM PDT · by onyx · 53 replies
    Imus In The Morning - Fox Business News ^ | August 18, 2011 | Kinky Freidman
    VIDEO/AUDIO DIRECT LINK Glowing endorsement by a former rival for the governorship of Texas! Watch for Kinky's written endorsement which will appear in the Daily Beast in the coming Days! When asked by Don Imus if Perry is a right-wing whacko who hates gays, Kinky replies, "No, he's an Evangelica. He's a man who really loves you, me, gays and everyone.
  • NYT’s Friedman doubles down on ‘inbred’ claim about Israeli gov’t, taunts Mark Levin

    07/18/2011 11:38:56 AM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/18/11 | Jeff Poor
    During the past few weeks, something of a back-and-forth has developed between New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and conservative talker Mark Levin. The topic: disparaging comments Friedman made about the government of Israel. Last month, in an appearance on Bloomberg’s “The Charlie Rose Show,” Friedman said, “Israel today — I’m sorry — it has the most inbred, unimaginative government I think it’s ever had.” And on Monday’s “Imus in the Morning” show on the Fox Business Network, Friedman clarified those remarks. “The right words Don, are inbred, brain dead and completely, I would say, indifferent to the situation that...
  • Patri Friedman makes waves with 'seasteading' plan

    06/03/2011 1:28:15 PM PDT · by SmithL · 29 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/3/11 | Nellie Bowles, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Milton Friedman's grandson Patri has a vision that might have made the economist proud: to build a floating libertarian nation 12 miles off the coast of California.Billed as "Burning Man meets Silicon Valley meets the water," the planned nation flotilla would be constructed on a variety of barges and water platforms within sight of San Francisco. It would include everything from homes, schools and hospitals to bikes for transportation and aqua farms for food.Despite the widespread skepticism that the project is bound to invite, Friedman already has secured more than $2 million in venture capital for the development, which strives...
  • Is Seasteading the Future?

    02/16/2011 4:47:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2011 | John Stossel
    Here's a novel idea: Escape the suffocating chains of intrusive government by starting your own country! That's Patri Friedman's idea. He comes from an impressive line of libertarian thinkers. Milton Friedman, the Nobel-prize-winning free-market economist, was his grandfather. His father is David Friedman, author of the libertarian classic "The Machinery of Freedom." Milton Friedman advocated severely limited government. David Friedman thinks we need no government at all. And now Patri believes he has an effective solution to bad government: communities on the ocean surface, or seasteading. As a fan of the free market, Friedman understands the benefits of competition. The...
  • Louis Brandeis quote in Friedman's book, "Free to Choose"

    04/09/2011 7:02:10 AM PDT · by hfr · 6 replies
    Quoted in Friedman's book "Free to Choose | 1928 | Justice Louis Brandeis
    The following quote is in the front pages of Milton and Rose Friedman's book, "Free To Choose". It is from Justice Louis Brandeis, Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 479 (1928) The quote is relevant to the political debate in this country today. I want to hear a range of opinions about Brandeis' ideas. The quote: "Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficial. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greater dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment...
  • VIDEO: Milton Friedman on why soaking the rich doesn't work

    01/19/2011 7:25:13 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/19/2011 | Milton Friedman
    Milton Friedman answers a question about what rich people do with their profits.
  • VIDEO: Milton Friedman Schools Phil Donahue on "Greed"

    12/06/2010 1:52:54 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    CapCon ^ | 12/6/2010 | Youtube
    The late economist discusses "greed" with Phil Donahue in 1978.
  • VIDEO: Milton Friedman on Businessmen, Politicians, and Freedom

    11/08/2010 11:17:13 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Free to Choose ^ | 11/8/2010 | Milton Friedman
    Milton Friedman explains the two greatest enemies of free enterprise and freedom in the world.
  • Can’t Keep a Bad Idea Down

    10/27/2010 8:59:59 AM PDT · by Thebaddog · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10.27.10 | Thomas L Friedman
    I confess, I find it dispiriting to read the polls and see candidates, mostly Republicans, leading in various midterm races while promoting many of the very same ideas that got us into this mess. Am I hearing right? Let’s have more tax cuts, unlinked to any specific spending cuts and while we’re still fighting two wars — because that worked so well during the Bush years to make our economy strong and our deficit small. Let’s immediately cut government spending, instead of phasing cuts in gradually, while we’re still mired in a recession — because that worked so well in...
  • NY Times Friedman says many in US 'fed up' with Israel

    10/22/2010 1:07:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 56 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 10/22/10 | staff
    Columnist contends Americans no longer care about Israeli-Palestinian conflict and this could eventually hurt Israel's national security interests. New York Times opinion columnist Thomas Friedman said that many Americans are becoming "fed up" with Israel. Friedman's comments came in an interview with Channel Two reporter Dana Weiss to be aired on Saturday. Friedman stated that while the American public was by no means anti-Israel, they no longer care about the Israeli-Arab conflict and this could eventually hurt Israel's national security interests. Friedman added that he believes Israel is not doing the utmost to promote renewed peace talks with the Palestinians....
  • Unrepentant Domestic Terrorist Behind Anti-Chamber of Commerce Internet Campaign

    10/16/2010 2:19:20 PM PDT · by GVnana · 21 replies
    BigGovernment.com ^ | 10/16/2010 | Larry O'Connor
    Has the White House been influenced by a convicted domestic terrorist for its attack on the Chamber of Commerce?The latest assault on the Chamber has been spear-headed by none other than the President himself and picked up by David Axelrod, MoveOn.org and all the usual Astro-Turfers who receive marching orders from the DNC. It’s become part of the standard talking points for cable-news pundits and their well-programmed guests and has been the new rallying cry for the left as they try their best to explain the imminent electoral disaster that looms on November 2nd. But one group was well ahead...
  • Nassim Taleb: Don't Listen to Geithner or Krugman

    10/01/2010 5:34:36 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 4 replies
    Atlantic Magazine ^ | September 30, 2010 | Nicole Allan
    Since Tim Geithner did not predict the economic crisis, Nassim Taleb has no interest in listening to him talk about it now. The author of The Black Swan, a book about risk and probability theory, told National Journal's Matthew Cooper that he did not listen to Geithner, who preceded him at the Washington Ideas Forum.