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Thom Bone-PBS: The Open Mind With Richard Heffner: Milton Friedman,1975: Discussing Libertarianism

May 20, 2013

Professor Libertarian

Professor Libertarian


I disagree with Milton Friedman on a few things in this video which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone whose familiar with my politics. But Milton Friedman was not a classical-Liberal but he was a Libertarian. I know this because I’m a classical-Liberal but just prefer my politics to be viewed as Liberal. Milton and I agree on a lot of things but disagree on enough where our politics our clearly different. Milton and I both believe in limited-government but his limited-government would be much smaller than my limited-government. Perhaps half the size and Milton’s limited-government would really be small-government. National-security, foreign-policy, law-enforcement, intelligence and a regulatory-system where Milton and todays so-called Libertarians who are really. Anarcho-Libertarians who really do not want government to do anything at all basically and are really. Antigovernment the Lew Rockwell’s of the world which is a different version of Milton Friedman’s Libertarianism.

Here’s where I agree with Professor Friedman in this video. The people back then in 1975 and today that he described as Liberals. Aren’t Liberals people who he calls do gooders or Progressives aren’t the Liberals in this country but they are Social-Democrats. People who want government to do things for us even take care of people with other people’s money. Take from the people who are doing well to take care of the people who do not have enough. As well as create a welfare-state to take care of everyone with our money instead of the people being able to take care of themselves. And we disagree on the minimum-wage and I go back to Professor Friedman’s own proposal from back in 1968 that he. Called the Negative Income Tax where people who are working but still need public-assistance to survive. Would make more money then people who are not working at all and collecting public assistance. People who are on Welfare Insurance and not working at all would make less than people making the living-wage instead of the minimum-wage. Which would be my version of the Negative Income Tax.

Milton Friedman was right he’s not a Conservative but he’s not a Liberal either classical or modern. The people who are the so-called ‘modern-Liberals’ today aren’t Liberals either. The so-called advocates of the welfare-state and big government involved in the economy and so forth. I’m a real Liberal because I believe in limited-government and maximize-freedom for anyone as long as they. Aren’t infringing on the freedom of innocent people. But that government can also play a role in empowering people who do have freedom to get that for themselves.

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