2005年01月29日

Milton Friedman Unraveled

Milton Friedman Unraveled

by Murray N. Rothbard

[http://www.lewrockwell.com/rothbard/rothbard43.html]



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Mention "freemarket economics" to a member of the lay public and chances are that if he has heard the term at all, he identifies it completely with the name Milton Friedman. For several years, Professor Friedman has won continuing honors from the press and the profession alike, and a school of Friedmanites and "monetarists" has arisen in seeming challenge to the Keynesian orthodoxy.



However, instead of the common response of reverence and awe for "one of our own who has made it," libertarians should greet the whole affair with deep suspicion: "If he’s so devoted a libertarian, how come he’s a favorite of the Establishment?" An advisor of Richard Nixon and a friend and associate of most Administration economists, Friedman has, in fact, made his mark in current policy, and indeed reciprocates as a sort of leading unofficial apologist for Nixonite policy.



In fact, in this as in other such cases, suspicion is precisely the right response for the libertarian, for Professor Friedman’s particular brand of "freemarket economics" is hardly calculated to ruffle the feathers of the powersthatbe. Milton Friedman is the Establishment’s Court Libertarian, and it is high time that libertarians awaken to this fact of life.


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