Milton Friedman is a Stud

I found this old video of Milton Friedman making an astounding explanation for the morality of freedom and capitalism:

It’s worth it to watch the whole thing, but just take one outstanding excerpted quote:

I think there has been one underlying and basic fallacy in this whole set of Social Security and welfare measures. And that is the fallacy, this is at the bottom of it, the fallacy that it is feasible and possible to do good with other people’s money. Now that view has two flaws: If I want to do good with other people’s money, I first have to take it away from them. That means that the welfare state philosophy of doing good with other people’s money, at it’s very bottom, is a philosophy of violence and coercion. It’s against freedom because I have to use force to get the money.

Boy, I wish George W. Bush and the rest of the Neocons would take that message to heart. I would love to vote Republican, but until I get a candidate who understands this, I will be left out of the popular electoral public.

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