Publish: Published November 15th 2002 by University of Chicago Press (first published 1962)
ISBN: ISBN 0226264211 (ISBN13: 9780226264219)
Selected by the Times Literary Supplement as one of the “hundred most influential books since the war”
How can we benefit from the promise of government while avoiding the threat it poses to individual freedom? In this classic book, Milton Friedman provides the definitive statement of his immensely influential economic philosophy—one in which competitive capitalism serves as both a device for achieving economic freedom and a necessary condition for political freedom. The result is an accessible text that has sold well over half a million copies in English, has been translated into eighteen languages, and shows every sign of becoming more and more influential as time goes on.
Some Reviews: 9,218 ratings 516 reviews in Goodreads.com
It is a very good, concise book on radical liberalism. Obviously most of Friedman’s thought has by now become obsolete, but I’ve found many of his points insightful or even prescient (like the ghettoisation of the poor resulting from bad logic behind public housing projects or the college loan crisis in the US — Friedman likens the loan system to pure usury). The book also made me think about the nature of the debate on inequality: is the goal to achieve the equality of rights and opportunities
This groundbreaking work is perhaps the best introduction a person can have to Milton Friedman’s philosophy and reason. The man’s idea is simple but essential for every person: Freedom is a whole, a certain way of life and thinking and its various parts cannot be separated but have to exist together for the are so deeply connected to each other that if you cut off one from the other, then the end of freedom in general will be inevitable.
In this book Friedman is trying to show his audience, from
Though he gets very technical in the middle of the book, Friedman’s discussion of the intersection between economic and political freedom is eye-opening for those who do not start with his perspective and encouraging for those who do. I suffered from a lack of knowledge on some of the economic areas he discussed, but by the time I finished the book, the principles and applications were clear. Covering even such areas as racism, poverty, law, monetary policy, certifications and right-to-work laws
I found this book to be very informative. Granted, parts of it were dry, but the topics were all very important to understand.
Milton is able to deal with subjects is a light, balanced manner that helps the reader understand his perspective and why he believes the most common opposition to his views are incorrect.
One problem is that the facts are somewhat outdated, since this is getting a little old, however, it is interesting to see how applicable many of the problems with which he was dealing
A great book for those who aren’t afraid to dissect political and economic ideas down to their quantum-level components. As with Thomas Sowell after him, Friedman has a keen ability to take complex ideas from college-level political science courses, and communicate them to the common man in a way that not only makes sense, but that almost makes you want to become a full-time researcher of all things mundane. Originally written before the passage of the Civil Rights Act and Johnson’s Great Societ
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Publish: Published May 9th 2017 by Dey Street Books
ISBN: ISBN 0062390856 (ISBN13: 9780062390851)
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