November 16, 2006, - 3:27 pm

Milton Friedman, Z”L

By Debbie Schlussel
A great economist, proud Jew, and–most important–great American and patriot, Milton Friedman, died last night.
A scholar, prolific author and writer, and simply a brilliant man, Milton Friedman and his wife, Rose, helped the world understand that to have vibrant freedom (both economic AND political) you need vital capitalism. His landmark book, “Capitalism and Freedom,” will have its 45th anniversary, next year. Not as well known, but also must-read, is his “Free to Choose: A Personal Statement” (written with Rose Friedman).
Friedman saw that welfare, progressive taxation, and minimum wage laws hurt the economy. Even Bill Clinton, no Friedmanite, instituted welfare reforms inspired by Friedman’s genius. My friend, Jeremy Fand’s Dad, Dr. David I. Fand was one of Friedman’s few, lucky, and bright proteges. Dr. Fand always asked me, “Are you a renter or a rent seeker?”
Milton Friedman, Zichrono LiVrachah (“Blessed Be His Memory”).


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3 Responses

Video of a half-hour appearance he made on public television back in the 1970s:
(courtesy of The Only Republican in San Francisco blog)

Jeremiah on November 16, 2006 at 5:34 pm

A great man he was, may he rest in peace.

MQ on November 16, 2006 at 7:02 pm

A giant among men.
Rest in Peace.

Thee_Bruno on November 17, 2006 at 11:46 am

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